WEINER, AR (KAIT) - It's the end of a tradition. Friday night the Weiner Cardinals will play their last home basketball game. Students and faculty, parents and alumni have known this day was coming but that doesn't mean they're ready for it.
For decades students have come and gone through the Weiner School District and many of those students have donned red and white to play on the basketball court.
The Weiner High School gym holds a lot of memories for a lot of people. These players and students are preparing for what will be their last game with their current identity.
"It's more than just a team here. Weiner's a small town and so we're more like a family," said Christy Buchanan.
Lady Cardinals Coach Christy Buchanan said knowing the end is coming has been difficult for all of the players this season.
"It's been a very exciting year for our players. Both our girls and boys have worked very hard to make this last season memorable for the cardinals," said Buchanan.
"It's been a little rough, you know, but it's your senior year you've got to do the best you can," said senior Nick Kinard.
Friday night is not only the last home game it's also senior night.
"I've been a Cardinal since I was in the fourth grade and I'm a senior now and so it's meant a lot," said Kinard.
"Basketball is a big thing here for our community and our crowd turns out good to support our kids," said Chuck Hanson.
As they prepare for the last game players say they're as ready as they can be for the game and for what it means.
"I might be a little emotional but it's the last game in the Weiner gym so I want to go out play good and hopefully get a win," said Kinard.
"For the seniors it's kind of a bittersweet thing because they want to be excited for their senior year but knowing that it's the last year it makes it a little difficult for them at times," said Hanson.
When they take the court against Ridgefield, a team Superintendent Hanson said is also a rival, players will walk onto the hardwood where the Cardinal is center stage knowing they are a part of something special.
"It's nice that you're a part of this history. Anybody that comes to the games is a part of the history and it's nice to be a part of that," said Kinard.
The games start Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The Delight School District and the Weiner School District will go before the Arkansas State Board of Education on Monday to find out if their schools can consolidate their administrations.