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Ice, cold temperatures don't stop Liberty North basketball tradition

Posted: 10:28 PM, Feb 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-09 04:50:48Z
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite school being called off on Friday, Liberty North High School held its annual courtwarming doubleheader after a week filled with ice and brutally cold temperatures around the metro.

The event featured games for both the girls and boys basketball teams and a courtwarming king and queen being crowned.

From cheers and chants in the student section to the school band pepping up the crowd, fans who spoke to 41 Action News said the winter weather couldn’t keep them away.

“The roads seem a little better and this is kind of a big deal at North,” explained Ali Moore, the mother of a student at the high school. “This is amazing. It gets us all out of the house.”

The effort to host the games on Friday night did not come easy.

With the winter conditions causing concerns on roads and sidewalks all around the metro, custodians showed up early in the day to make things safe outside the school.

“They were out there busting their humps from 6 a.m. on to get the ice off,” said Liberty North athletic director Bob Kernell. “They couldn’t wait for the sun to melt it so they had to get going. They got all our sidewalks done and then came the maintenance to plow the parking lots to allow people to come and watch.”

After seeing that the event drew hundreds of fans, Kernell credited the teamwork for allowing the game to take place.

“Our grounds crew and our custodial crew had to make this happen because we were iced in like every school,” he said. “It’s one of the crazier Missouri winters we’ve had.”