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Pioneer pride on display at pep rally
Pioneer Casey Taylor carries a tiger representing the DeKalb County High School mascot.

Support for the Warren County Pioneers football program was on full display Thursday evening as fans gathered downtown for a pep rally offering encouragement to the high school team prior to its season-opening game Friday.
The pep rally was sponsored by the Southern Standard and showcased the players from both the high school and middle school, cheerleaders from both schools, the Warren County High School marching band and the Pioneerette dance team.
The slate of coaches from both schools were introduced, with head coach Tom Moore encouraging fans to continue their support for the team, emphasizing the difference fan support can make to a team.
“I encourage all of you to stay behind these guys, because they will respond if you continue to give them your support,” said Moore.
Standard editor James Clark had the honor of introducing the students involved in the programs, offering words of encouragement, and even slamming a large stuffed DeKalb County Tiger to the ground.
The Pioneer Walk started at the Park Theater, with proud parents, family members and friends cheering for their favorite as they passed down Main Street to the grassy lot.
The Warren County High School choir opened the rally with the presentation of the national anthem, before the official presentation of the players.
Standard publisher Pat Zechman said, “As a community newspaper, we are always happy to support our local teams in their endeavors and this pep rally was a way to involve the players, their families and the community in general.”
Video coverage including an interview with Pioneer head coach Tom Moore and additional photos of the pep rally can be found at