School celebrates Shocker pride as many employees are alums - KCTV5

School celebrates Shocker pride as many employees are alums

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Saturday at 5:05 p.m., Wichita State will be fighting the Louisville Cardinals for a spot in the National Championship game.

As the only Kansas team left in the tournament, local Wichita State fans are coming out of the woodwork. One school even celebrated their Shocker pride Friday.

The NCAA Tournament is all about pride, but sometimes it's good to go back to an even younger age group to remember what school pride is really all about.

From a kids'-eye view at Holy Cross Catholic School in Overland Park, KS, it was all about getting fired up Friday. Students and staff filled the school's gymnasium and all were sporting gold or black.

While many of the students polled didn't know much about the mascot they were cheering for, there are stronger ties for a lot of the teachers who are proud Shocker alums.

The school's principal, Allison Carney, is also a Shocker alum who actually played basketball at Wichita State and played it well.

"My husband usually does this. You know, I played there for four years and I'm the all-time leading scorer there, so I think my points total around 1,600, somewhere in there. That record has not been broken yet, although they have some great players down there and I expect it will be," Carney said.

Carney's also in the Hall of Fame and the news came as no surprise to her students.

And if on Saturday, Wichita State gets anywhere near the kind of reception the school showed them Friday, alumni said the team will be in good shape.

"We know it's going to be emotional, but I believe the Shockers are going to come away with the win because of their great defense," Carney said.

They'll also be getting support from a whole new age group of Shocker pride.

Viewers can watch the Shockers take on the Cardinals Saturday at 5:05 p.m. on KCTV5.

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