From staff reports

Zion Lutheran School students recently enjoyed a pep rally to get psyched for the junior varsity girls basketball tournament being hosted at Zion that weekend.

To start the fun, the Zion Lutheran School cheerleaders and their cheer clinic participants raised the energy in the room by leading the students in several cheers and presenting their halftime routine. Following this, all the students were invited to play rock-paper-scissors with someone near them.

They then were to find someone new until there were just a few students left. The remaining students then came down on the court for a final shoot-out. Athletics director Luke Finchum bumped up the fun another notch by pairing two sets of siblings against each other, which generated much encouragement from the crowd. The final match-up saw Parker Woodruff defeat Abby Engler.

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All of the winter sport teams were then asked to come down on the court. “A Minute to Win It”-style competition then ensued between the five groups. The first challenge was the classic hula hoop pass. The varsity girls won this event, and the varsity boys were knocked out.

The next challenge was a cross-sport event, with each team player required to balance a basketball on a tennis racket and carry it from the edge of the court to half court and back without dropping it. Each team had to send 11 players before they were done. Varsity girls again won this game, with the JV boys eliminated.

An egg carry was the final event. Thankfully, they were plastic eggs, as the participants had to carry the eggs with their knees and hop down to drop them in an Easter basket at mid-court. JV girls came out triumphant in this challenge, with 9.5 eggs to the Varsity girls’ 7.5 eggs.

The pep rally ended in prayer and school dismissal.