No note is necessary if you are a Gibraltar community member who wants to witness history Friday. The Gibraltar Area School Board has granted permission to cancel classes on Friday so students and staff could make their way to Madison for the school’s first-ever appearance in the WIAA Boys State Basketball Tournament. Gibraltar Secondary School Principal and Athletic Director Jim DeBroux calls Friday’s game a great opportunity to come together as a community in a unique way.
He thanked the community on behalf of the team, coaches, and staff for their support during the season. Gibraltar has requested 1,000 tickets for the game on Friday and will be on sale Wednesday afternoon at the school’s concession stand near the gym. On Thursday, the team will be escorted out of Fish Creek by Gibraltar Fire and Rescue trucks on their way to Madison, with the vehicles leaving the school at approximately 8:15 a.m. The school has also organized fan buses to head down to Madison for the game, which has a 9:05 a.m. tip at the Kohl Center. For those who can’t make the game, the game will be broadcast on 105.1 The GOAT beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening tip at 9:05 a.m.
Good Morning Gibraltar,
This is an exciting time to be a Viking! Our boys basketball team qualified to participate in the State Tournament for the first time in school history! The Vikings will face the Randolph Rockets in a state semi-final at the Kohl Center at 9:05am on Friday morning. Due to the timing and travel required to attend this unique event, the administration requested and was granted permission by the school board to cancel school K-12 on Friday, March 18th in order to allow students, staff, and community to attend this historic event. To reiterate, there will be no school for any students K-12 this Friday.
We know that this will enable members of the school and broader community to consider plans to attend this event. The school has requested 1000 tickets from the WIAA for our own Gibraltar Viking fan section for the game and we hope to sell it out and pack the Kohl Center with Gibraltar blue and gold! Tickets for the game are $11 each and will be available for purchase after school on Wednesday. March 16th. Peggy Tanck is heading up the sale and will be distributing tickets through our concession stand near the high school gym on Wednesday afternoon.
There is also still space available on the two coach fan buses that will depart Friday morning from school at 4:30am. You can contact Peggy to reserve space on the buses. Fan bus riders must purchase their tickets in advance to ease entry into the Kohl Center. Secondary School students need to complete permission slips to ride the bus. Elementary parents and students may sign up for the fan bus as well. K-5 students may not ride fan buses without a parental chaperone.
This is a great opportunity to come together as a community in a special way. I want to express thanks on behalf of the team, coaches and staff for the incredible support we have experienced and welcome everyone to enjoy Friday’s game as a celebration of what can happen when a group focuses on a goal with focused dedication, togetherness and hard work.