The news circulated through the Central Catholic student section Sunday night quicker than the Raiders' "Moses" parted the "Red Sea:"
Tuesday night, a Raider hoop doubleheader delight had been granted by the MIAA. Central's top-seeded girls would host Peabody at 6 p.m. with the Raider boys entertaining Acton-Boxboro at 8 p.m. — at the new, spectacular Lawrence High gym.
High-fives all-around ... a cross-city commute for the "Crazies." And they get a two-for-one for the admission.
The Internet spread the word, and Jane Heil had a bit of a different reaction when one of her assistants broke the news.
"This is my 29th year of coaching at Peabody High School," explained Heil. "We are governed by the MIAA, respect the MIAA and abide totally by its rules and decisions.
"That said, I wouldn't be surprised if they asked us to pick up Central on the way and provide them with pizza."
Heil's message, laced with sarcasm brings to light an interesting question.
Words like "host" and "entertain" aren't supposed to factor in the sectional semis, which are to be played on neutral courts.
A twinbill at Lawrence offers two reasons for Central fans to turn out en masse. Then, there's the fact that the Raider boys have already played four games on that court this year, while the girls opened the season there.
You have to figure the phenomenon that has grown to be the Central student section weighed heavily in the MIAA's decision.
Were the Raiders rewarded for doing it right?
Frankly, Central senior Jimmy Abdallah — known to folks in Memorial Gym as the "bucket drum guy" isn't interested in why it happened. He's too busy getting jacked up for twice the emotion, twice the thrills.
"If you're not going to show up for the girls game, just stay home and watch American Idol," said Abdallah, the senior class vice president and 50 freestyle specialist on the swim team. "We really feel like spirit is key. We've worked hard at it. And I believe that we can alter a game when things are tight."
Abdallah, one of the few Crazies who knows the true identity of "Green Man," — if you've been to a Central game or watched on Youtube, you understand who I mean — says that more than a handful of seniors have taken on special roles as the Crazies added dance, bowling, the "Moses and the Red Sea" and most recently Carson Desrosiers' curling to the festivities.
One of their go-to buddies, lacrosse player/swimmer Chris George, is one who's taken on moderator's duties, a perfect fit for the National Honor Society treasurer.
"I'm in the middle of the front row, not the Cowboy, not the Green Man, but I'm right there, and people always seem to be coming up to me for direction," said George, the 20th-ranked student in his class, who has already been accepted to Michigan and is currently waiting on Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Virginia.
Folks outside the Central domain might question things.
Take Westford girls coach Russ Coward, who though he had it tough tonight. His Grey Ghosts challenge Andover on another less than neutral court at Methuen High.
"Technically, Lawrence is a neutral site, but Central Catholic will have a little bit of an advantage, and they don't need it," said Coward. "I'm sure it will be exciting to play there."
George hopes the opposition will be ready for tonight. The Central Crazies sure will.
"Everybody has been talking about it, we're all talking about getting there early," said George who, with Desrosiers and Drew Ouellette, helped ignite this craze first with an early-season plea on Facebook.
"It's Spirit Week at school, and there's going to be another Red Sea out there tonight."
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