'It's just really fun and amazing': Fans energetic during first night of Mountain Classic

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 11:48 PM EST
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The first night of the WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic Presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau and Sponsored by ARH wrapped up Monday night.

"It's just really fun and amazing," said Knott Central student Nick Watts.

In 1998, Danielle Harvel received a Mountain Classic scholarship.

"It helped me fund all my education past high school," said Harvel.

Now, her daughter is playing in the same tournament that helped her so much.

"We've been doubly blessed by this event. One because I received the scholarship and the other because my daughter is playing now in the gym that it all happened. So it's a good little trip down memory lane," said Harvel.

Watts has come to the tournament ever since he can remember.

"I've kinda always come here since I was a little kid and always enjoyed it just hanging out with my friends and watching the game," Watts.

Emily Case has stepped onto the court for three years cheering on her team.

"It's not just every day you see fans like this come around and watch our schools play and every other school that's involved in it. When we get here it's double the crowds we usually have and it's amazing to hear," said Floyd Central cheerleader Case.

A week where everyone joining together for a week a friendly competition in the mountains.

"It's just awesome to see all the mountain teams make a difference and I love this because it recognizes them in a way they wouldn't be otherwise," said Harvel.

The Mountain Classic has given out more than 2,000 academic scholarships that have amounted to more than $4 million.