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CHESTER TO SHOW ITS COLORS

CHESTER -- Cyclone fans who bleed red and blue during football season are being asked to wear those colors Friday.

Chester High School and its athletic booster club are clamoring for public expressions of fandom, including asking local businesses to post encouraging messages on their marquee signs.

This season, the Cyclones are 10-2, enjoying the school's first 10-win season since 1963, the year Chester went 11-2 and won the state championship.

Go more than 40 years without big-time success and it's obvious why Friday night's game against Daniel High School is so important.

"We're trying to get the community behind it," said Clay Waldrip, president of the booster club.

The post-season game will be at home, and school and booster club folks hope to see a sea of red and blue for this third round of the playoffs.

"Community support is so encouraging to our student-athletes and coaches," Chester High Principal Jeff Gardner said in a news release. "When the community shows its pride, it helps our young people know that hard work leads to good things."

The city of Chester also is standing behind the team. Mayor Mitch Foster said the squad's popularity is on the rise.

"We haven't had successful teams until just recently, and I think that success breeds success," Foster said. "I think that Chester High School and the athletic department are certainly on the right track. ... With every season, you're going to see increased interest, increased attendance, increased volunteerism, too."

The game kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6, and advance tickets can be purchased at Black's Drug Store and at the high school.

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