Maverick rooters

From left, Kathy Schultz, Jeanne Burkhart, Barb Knutson and Cynthia Frederick cheer on the Lady Mavericks while watching an Internet video stream at the downtown Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar of their Division II Elite Eight opening game with Michigan Tech. The Mavs defeated MichiganTech 61-53. for more on the game, turn to Page D1.

Getting to San Antonio didn’t present many headaches, but for Glenda Andrews, the travel challenges may still lie ahead.

About 100 fans came from Minnesota to south Texas to watch Minnesota State take on Michigan Tech in the NCAA Division II women’s basketball tournament. Dave and Glenda Andrews, parents of senior forward Alex Andrews, jumped in the minivan after Glenda was done teaching Monday at Triton High School, and 18 hours later, they arrived at San Antonio.

“We drove through a big storm,” Glenda Andrews said. “Wind and hail, a tornado watch. It was something.”

Glenda Andrews, who played a year of volleyball at Minnesota State, watched Tuesday’s game from Row 10, Seat 12, the same chair number she’s watched from at Bresnan Arena for the last seven seasons, watching daughters Arin and Alex.

Today, she’ll jump on a plane and fly back to Minneapolis in time to watch her son, Damon, play in the Class AA state tournament as Triton competes at 8 p.m. at Target Center.

“It’s been crazy,” she said. “I really haven’t had time to process it all. When I got in the car (Monday), I finally had time to think about it. This is really something.”

If the Mavericks can reach the championship game Friday night, Glenda is unsure where she’ll be. Damon also could be playing Friday night in the Class AA semifinals.

“That’s still up in the air,” she said.

Tony Thomason played basketball at Minnesota State from 2002 to 2006, and though he played on some pretty good teams, the Mavericks didn’t reach the final eight of the national tournament. When his friend Joanne Noreen, a senior on the Mavericks’ women’s team, made it to the Elite Eight, Thomason and three others jumped in a car and headed south.

Thomas and friends Zach Malchow and T.J. White, along with Darby Noreen, older sister of Joanne Noreen, made the road trip. The group left at 2 p.m. Sunday and arrived in San Antonio 3 p.m. Monday. They stopped four times for gas and something to eat, and Thomason had to outwit another car for rights to a gas pump in Iowa.

“The place was packed, and we both got to the pump at the same time,” Thomason said. “I looked at them, and they were like ‘ladies first.’ So we went Rock, Paper, Scissors, and I won.”

The group took a five-hour nap in north Texas before finishing the trip.

“It’s been worth it,” Thomason said. “One win is all I could ask for. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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