Jaguar Fever Hits Augusta -- National Title Within Reach

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 First at Five, March 28, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga --A big win for Augusta in Massachussetts--and a big round of applause here at home.

Now, the entire country now has the chance to watch the Augusta State Jaguars in action as the play for the National Title Saturday at 2:30 here on News 12.

"It's been a lot of energy, everybody really excited, hollering "ASU!" all day." says Chantell Huff, who is a freshman at ASU.

"You see people with jag shirts on they are real excited and talking about the game--that's all you hear right now is basketball." adds Junior Taylor Sines.

"We are on top of the world right now at Augusta State!" Ron Lunk is the assistant director at the student activities center; making him more than just a fan. "It's really awesome to know them as students individually, then watch them on TV as superstars."

It's a bit of a cinderella story for the team, the school, and the community.

Bryan Thurber, a history major "It's augusta state. Who knows where augusta state is? Nobody really!"

And who knew the team would make such a slam dunk?

Gardner," Did you think asu would go this far?"
Huff, "No, I didn't. It surprised me."

"I personally didn't expect us to get there, but we did and everybody is talking about it." adds Sines.

The more the team scores on the court, the more they score with the morale on campus too.

Lunk, "It's more than i've ever seen. Everybody is really excited. Everybody is talking about basketball and i don't think there is really much else going on right now."
Gardner, "No studying, huh?"
Lunk, "I don't know!" (laugh)

Eva Martin has worked at the campus bookstore for 15 years and she's never seen business like this. "We've seen a big increase in our store sales the last few days and it's all do to our Jags!"

Brian Thurber shows off the now sold out final four shirt.
He's not only a fan but also a walking advertisement for his job at the bookstore. "Nobody expected us to get this far, so yeah, i hope we can win!"

A victory for the Jaguars could mean a big win for the school both on and off the court. They get national attention, plus money from the NCAA to grow their program

Campus staff and students hope the good fortune doesn't end here.

Gardner, "What does this do for your sports programs?"
Lunk, "They are going to explode like never before!"

Back at the campus bookstorem Jaguar Fever is in the air

"Can you say go jags? Go jags!" Two-year-old Jenna may be a little camera shy , but her proud mother and also proud ASU alum is not. "We've always been a fan of the basketball team, we live in north carolina now so it was just fortuitous that we we're here." says Michelle Williams.

Here in time to get jenna her first *Jagwear* outfit and hopefully cheer the team on to victory--

Eva says no matter what, she and the store will be ready. "They're going to pull it off-they've got the one last game in them and we're rooting for them. We're waiting on them to come back to us with a win."

ASU will take on Winona State Saturday at 2:30 here on News 12.


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