Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cyclone block party Wednesday

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 3/11/2013

The community is invited to help Ottawa High School boys basketball players, coaches, students, faculty and parents celebrate the Cyclones’ 4A state basketball title with a block party Wednesday night on Main Street.

A school pep rally — featuring performances by the cheerleading squad, the dance team and pep band — is scheduled to start 6:30 p.m. on Main Street, between Second and Third streets, Ryan Cobbs, OHS principal, said.

Ottawa-based KOFO radio station will air a coach’s show live during the block party, starting at 7 p.m., followed by an opportunity for the public to meet the players, who will be on hand to talk with residents, be available for photographs and sign autographs for kids, Cobbs said.

Cobbs presented the plan to Ottawa city commissioners, who approved the block party at their study session late Monday afternoon. Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief, told commissioners it would not be a problem for police officers to block off Main Street, between Second and Third streets, Wednesday evening. Cobbs also said he didn’t think it would cause a hardship for businesses in that block.

The block most likely would be closed to through traffic sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to prepare for the block party, school and city officials estimated.

Cobbs told commissioners Ottawa’s win over Topeka-based Highland Park in the championship game Saturday night gave the school its first state basketball title since 1971. The championship game set an attendance record for the 4A state tournament at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Cobbs said.

“This will be an opportunity for the school to celebrate the state championship with the community, which has supported this basketball program from day one,” Cobbs said.

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