LAMOILLE — LaMoille High School held a special ceremony Friday to rename its gym as the Dean R. Madsen Gymnasium in honor of its former longtime administrator.
The LaMoille-Ohio Lions put on a good show for the large crowd, including Madsen, who was in attendance, defeating neighbor Amboy 49-26.
“It was a nice night. I’m glad we got the win,” L-O coach Kenny Shrimplin said. “I told the boys, ‘This is probably going to be the fullest you’re going to see the gym in a long time.’
“And I’m glad it was packed, because now everyone could see what kind of program we’ve got going, and we can get more people here to cheer these boys on. They feed off the crowd coming and supporting them.”
LHS athletic director Wanda DeLong said it was a great evening of celebration for Madsen and his family, who were joined by past teachers and administrators.
“His granddaughter Leanne Haage sang the national anthem, and he was able to watch his great-grandson Dylan Lovgren play varsity basketball and two great-granddaughters, Brooke and Claire Lovgren, play in the pep band,” DeLong said.
Marcus Winn led the Lions with 15 points with Casen Cherry adding 10 and Sean Fitzpatrick nine.
• Note: BCR correspondent Bill Schwabenland contributed to this article.