Whether they are dressed as jailbirds, hula-dancers, or just sporting the good ole orange and blue, five women have become very well known fans of Marshall County athletics. They are known collectively as The Krazy Ladies and you will find them at nearly every Marshall County basketball game.
The group formed 32 years ago with seven members, but that number now stands at five. Krazy Lady one is Bonnie Rose, two is Kay English, three is Kathleen Wyatt, four is Peggy Draffen and number seven is Paula Bell. Numbers were drawn when the group first formed and have been retained. Each of the ladies sports a vanity license plate on her car, proudly announcing herself as an ultimate fan of Marshall County sports.
“We started following the Lady Marshals in 1980. Several years, we never missed a game. If they went to the LIT, we went to the LIT. We followed them faithfully,” said Bonnie Rose.
“There are just lots and lots of memories. We’ve had the best time ever,” Peggy Draffen recalls. “At the state tournament one year some of us went shopping. Number one didn’t go with us because her husband was with her. While we were shopping, she tells the Warren Central girls- now watch for these girls when they come back from shopping and when they come back (to the hotel) pour water on them.”
Rose had sought the permission of the Warren Central teams’ coach to be involved in the prank.
“Next thing we know, we’re getting drowned with trash cans full of water. Bonnie is standing by, just laughing and laughing, remembered Draffen.
Interestingly, none of the Krazy Ladies have a child or grandchild who has played on a Marshall County athletic team. Instead, they say all the players are their kids.
“We just love all the kids and this is our way of telling them that we’re behind ‘em, we love ‘em, if they need anything, we’re here for them. It’s just been that way for more than 30 years. They know we’re here if they need us,” said Paula Bell.
The Marshall County High School athletic department says they have come to depend on the ladies as more than just loyal fans in the crowd.
“They put on so many wonderful things here. They come out and basically run the hospitality room for the Hoopfest. Any special events that we have, they’re right in the middle of it. I think that’s the joy that they get out of it - seeing the smiles that they put on kids’ faces out here and how special they treat our kids,” Jeff Stokes, MCHS athletic director said.
The Krazy Ladies will be in the crowd this Thursday morning at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, as the Lady Marshals play in the first round of the KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen State High School basketball tournament. This marks the twentieth time the Krazy Ladies have attended a state tournament in support of the Lady Marshals.