Crazy in Deerfield - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Crazy in Deerfield

February 20, 2006

Albany -- The Deerfield-Windsor boys basketball team is in the GISA state final four.

The Knights advancing by going up to Macon Saturday night and beating Westminster 69 to 58 in Overtime.

Plenty of the Knights fans making the hundred-mile trek to help cheer their team on to victory.

The effort is just further proof of the outstanding fan support at Deerfield this year.

The Deerfield-Windsor fans are serious about cheering on their team.

Sporting outrageously odd costumes, maybe serious isn't the right word for the fans, but what other team gets support from a Christmas tree, 80's girls, and a boy dress up like a cow girl.

Muffled and hidden behind a "Shrek" mask, Junior Ricky Dougherty can see it helps, even if he can't see much of anything else.

"It means a lot, and I think it's really going to help them. At least I like it."

The Knights fans grill out and dress up before every game, with only one theme.

"A bunch of chaos," says Neil Wellington.

Robby Arrington says he keeps it simple.

"Probably some shorts, school colors on the shirt, and some more school colors on the face."

Arrington and Wellington even added sunglasses and a feather boa for the occasion, with the best accessory some very loud vocal chords.

For the Deerfield Windsor fans, it's all about the team, with chants of "Andre for President."

There's love in the air, with "Shrek" planting a fake kiss on a guy dressed up like Betsy Ross.

Exactly how it became popular to dress up in fantastic costumes is unclear to Dougherty.

"I really don't know. I couldn't tell you. It's kinda weird."

But it's something he looks forward to every game.

"I love it. I wouldn't miss it for the world."

And it sure looks like a lot of fun.

Deerfield's next game is Friday at seven at Georgia College.

Feedback: sports@walb.com