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Packer Fever Grips Austin

Posted at: 03/22/2013 6:49 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Austin High School boys basketball team has been perfect all season, and with just one game left to play, a state championship is well within reach.

“I can't wait,” said Corey Anderson. “I’ve been to all the games and it's just such a great thing for the community and I'm super excited to see the game."

After a pep rally on Wednesday, the team headed north to Minneapolis, but that doesn't mean they left Austin completely behind.

Hundreds of fans made the trip right along with them, and back in Austin, many fans and even local businesses are having a hard time containing their excitement.

“It's unbelievable,” Anderson said.” Such community pride, to see the fans that come to these games and the excitement that they create, it's truly a sixth man at these games and it's so fun to see."

And with all that excitement, school officials said it has been a little difficult to keep kids focused on their studies.

“The general enthusiasm has been really good, but focus has really been a lot about how the boys are doing,” principal Brad Bergstrom said.

But now the focus turns to a tough DeLaSalle team that has only one loss on the season.

And while fans know it will be an uphill battle, confidence remains high.

“I’m sure everybody expects DeLaSalle to win, and I think we can do it,” Anderson said. “I think we're a great team and I think we can do it."

“It's one game. And when it's one game anything can happen,” Bergstrom said. “And if it's going to happen, this is the group of young men that can make it happen."

ABC 6 News will broadcast the game on our digital subchannel 6.2 with tip-off scheduled for 6p.m..