WILMINGTON — Wilmington is a long, 60-mile drive no matter what route one takes – there’s no good way to get there. But for 12 Butler cheerleaders and their advisor, Friday night’s trip was almost more than they bargained for.
They spent three hours on a bus, and didn’t arrive at the Aviators’ football game until halftime thanks to an accident that closed U.S. 68 for a couple of hours just outside of Xenia.
Cheerleader Advisor Patty Huber said that, considering the circumstances, they made the best of the situation.
“They watched YouTube videos, they sang, they danced, they did what teenage girls do,” said Huber.
“Our three-hour bus ride was absolutely crazy,” said Shelby Crumpler. “We were actually motionless for two hours and, even though we would rather have been here cheering, we had so much fun on the bus. We bonded a lot.”
Huber said a police officer came to the bus at one point and told them the road would be opened in ten minutes, but “it was a whole lot longer,” she said. The road was finally cleared for traffic after ODOT cleaned up a fluid spill.
Athletic Director Roger Bowen was in contact with Huber while they were stranded and gave the team the option to head back to Vandalia, but the cheerleading squad wasn’t hearing any of that.
“We couldn’t turn around,” said Huber. “Oh gosh no.”
“We are really happy we got here to see the end of an awesome game,” said Crumpler. “That made it even better.”
Adriana Leiter, a senior on the team agreed.
“We were really looking forward to the game, and we were excited to finally get here,” she said. “I’m so glad they won. It made it all worth it.”
The Lady Aviators don’t want to have a repeat of that trip anytime soon, however.
“At the end we were really ready to get off that bus, but it was fun,” said Crumpler.