|Mandy at the program booth|
|A brunette Casey posing with Amanda T|
|Beth, Kelsey, and Alicia|
|Danielle, LeAnne, Amanda H, Kimmy, Denise, Erin H, Justina, Noelle, and Karla|
When we got to the arena, Bandettes captains Lauren and Mandy were handling program sales. After talking to each of them for a bit, it was up the west escalators where we were greeted by 9 Bandettes alums. While Kelsey and Amanda T only just retired, the rest of the ladies hadn't suited up as Bandettes in a few years but it didn't show as they still looked as if they were in the prime of their careers. Well, admittedly Casey didn't look like that...only because she did away with her signature blond hair. After working with her the last few weeks, Amanda couldn't picture her as a blonde so she'll be sure to be checking out some of Casey's old pics. As for myself, even though I had already seen plenty photos of Casey as a brunette, it was still something to see in person finally. After a conversation with Beth, who I hadn't seen since she left the Jills 3 years ago, it was off to the other end of the escalators where the rest of the alums were on hand along with the current Bandettes squad. It wasn't long before the ladies had to head in so I only got a chance to talk to Karla and Kimmy for a little bit. Karla, as long time readers well know, was a regular contributor when the site first started as a Yahoo Club and Kimmy was one of the ladies who wasn't dancing at last night's game. As it turns out, she and Justina, who only cheered together in the Bandits' championship season of 2008, are both giving birth in the next month or so. In all, 12 of the 17 ladies from that season were on hand for this reunion including coaches Erin J and Jaclyn. Before the ladies headed back to the locker room, I got a quick chance to say hi to Marissa and see some of the posters from the 1st years of the Bandettes that her mother brought along. Marissa took them with her to the locker room to show off not only to the ladies she used to cheer with (she spent 6 years as a Jill and 3 as a Bandette) but to the more recent Bandettes to show them some of their history.
|Dancing up a storm in pregame|
|Stephanie, Noelle, and Casey after the team has come out|
|MaKenzie, LB, and Chrissy|
|LB's...er...Mandy's line performing|
|Janelle, Lauren, Stephanie, and Abby performing as everyone waits for Cosmo to come out|
|LaToya and Cheri|
|everyone performing at halftime|
|the beautiful MaKenzie cheering on a goal|
|Lauren's line in action in the 4th quarter|
Next up, the Bandits have a week off before they play host to the New England Black Wolves on April 4th at the First Niagara Center with a chance to improve on their playoff standings.