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Lumberjacks' die hard fans cheer for their team

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KLTV) - Even though they didn't have tickets, nothing stopped Lumberjacks fans from decking out in purple and basking in the history of it all.

"Ax 'em," shouted Juan Guerro, an SFA student.

"Ax 'em jacks," exclaimed Donna Finley, a SFA class of '82 alum. 

"Ax 'em jacks, baby, woo," Trey Neighbors shouted at the TV.

Inside the Sports Shack all eyes were trained on one thing - the big game.

"I knew we were going to be good, but I didn't know we were going to be this good," said Eileen Patton, a student.

Purple pride was in the air.

"I have faith," said Finley. "These guys are great. They played a great season. They're where they're supposed to be. I'm praying...I'm praying."

Stephen F. Austin is their homeboy and they'e rooting for the home team. Guerrero said his beard is on the line.

"I'm not going to shave it until we get out of the tournament," said Guerro. "It'll probably be today"

"To see SFA and CBS in the same line; it's the first time," said Mike Dehnisch, a 1998 graduate. "It's ususally FOX Sports Southwest, or Southland TV. So, it's a big deal."

From the small big screens inside the Sports Shack to the big movie screen inside the SFA student center...

"It's been a little frustrating," said Chris Moody. "We haven't been able to knock down shots."

It was a journey more than 80 years in the making.

"There's a little under five minutes left," said Moody. "We're down by 17. We'd have to really start knocking down some three pointers."

"I'm crossing my fingers," said Alicia Mitchell.

"They were very capable and very possible to get this far, so it's just exciting to see them where they are now," said Molly Russell.

They are true fans 'til the end.

Rough estimates have about 150 Lumberjacks fans showing up at the game in Miami, which by the way, was just under 20 hours away (drive time) from the school.

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