Julia Moll is a Sycamore senior guard who will be playing in her final DeKalb-Sycamore game at the NIU Convocation Center. She shares her thoughts on the rivalry with the Daily Chronicle:
The rivalry between Sycamore and DeKalb is huge.
It’s not just because we’re crosstown rivals, but it also is a conference game. Both teams know a lot about each other and prepare to achieve a victory.
The tension is felt even before the day of the game. But the fact that we get to play in front of our entire community at NIU makes it that much more intense. It’s a huge stage for a game that’s important to each town.
I think I vouch for all four teams when I say it’s a privilege to play at the Convocation Center in front of a great community. Both games will be memorable and will live up to all the hype. It’s a memory of high school I’ll never forget and will always cherish.
It’s fun to see how excited the elementary school kids get for this game, too. When we go around from elementary school to elementary school they kind of look up to us. I remember being that age and when the basketball players came to our school we thought it was the coolest thing ever.
It’s satisfying being in the other role because the kids really do enjoy it and it’s great to see it from that perspective. But secretly I think the high schoolers enjoy it more.
I really think this shows how community-based this game is and it’s something I’m grateful to be a part of.
The atmosphere is really hard to describe, but I know this: It’s electrifying. It’s why athletes play the sport they do – it’s a pure adrenaline rush. It’s the stage that many people want to be on and it’s cool a bunch of high school kids get to step on that stage for a game.
All the predictions will be made, but no one will know the outcome until the buzzer sounds. Tonight at the Convocation Center one prediction is true: two great games will happen.