There's no doubt about it, Columbus has baseball fever, and it seems that no one's immune to getting caught up in the excitement of the Little League World Series. At Midland Middle School, where six Northern players attend, that fever is highly contagious.
"Students, teachers, everybody's all pumped up and excited," said Amanda Campbell, a teacher at Midland Middle School. "We've been going home and washing our Northern shirts, and wearing them again the next day. We're just so excited for them."
Principal James Wilson says the whole school is rooting for Northern, and anxiously awaiting their triumphant return home. Their emphasis is on the "triumphant" part. They want to see the team come home as champions.
"We're allowing the kids to submit ideas as to how we can honor them, so it's going to be a big deal," Wilson said.
But students and teachers aren't the only ones on the Northern bandwagon. Many local businesses are planning to show tomorrow's game. The folks at Cook's Hot Dogs say they've been with the team since the beginning.
"We fed the team the night before they left, and I told them win or lose, they would have another free meal when they come back," said Roy Cook, who owns Cook's Hot Dogs. He says he plans to show Saturday's game on a big-screen TV at his restaurant.
Many fans say they aren't just proud of Northern's progress, they're also impressed with the poise the team has shown as representatives of the city, state, and region. Most everyone agrees the boys have shown class and maturity on and off the baseball diamond
"As good of baseball players as they are, and they are very good, people maybe don't realize that they're good students," Midland Principal James Wilson said.
Northern fans say they couldn't think of a better group of boys to put Columbus on the map.
"Really proud of the guys. They're clean cut guys," said Northern fan Terry Barnhardt. "It shows Columbus, Georgia, in a great light."
"I'm not from Georgia, but everyone in my family is aware that it's still going on, so it's reaching out, and everybody's getting behind them," said Midland P.E. teacher Kacy Ingram.