The Wells-Fargo Arena was rockin' this week, in more ways than one. Making it to the state basketball tournament in Des Moines is a memory of a lifetime for many athletes along with their fans, including the high school's pep band and cheerleaders. 

Small town Iowa is the best. Everyone pulls together to make it work. I think of Friday night high school football games. At many schools, you'll see two or three players take off their pads and helmet, a couple of cheerleaders drop their pom-poms and all run out on the field to be a part of the marching band's half-time show.

Something similar happened this past week when Montezuma's basketball team played at the "Well". In the video below, you can check out an amazing performance from pep band member Kaya Latcham effortlessly shredding on his guitar, hammering out Van Halen's classic "Eruption/You Really Got Me".  An added bonus is one of the cheerleaders (I wish we knew her name!) was also tearing it up on the drum kit. (SCROLL DOWN FOR THE VIDEO)

Montezuma is a little town of about 1,400 people located in Poweshiek County. By the way, after advancing with wins over Lake Mills and Grand View Christian, the Braves found themselves in the Class 1A championship game Friday afternoon vs. North Linn at the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball tournament.

Montezuma prevailed in a really close game, beating the Lynx, 44-41. I'm sure Kaya is somewhere celebrating the victory by wailing away on his guitar!


 

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