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Snapshot: Rattle City vs. St. John's Superfans

WORCESTER, Mass. -- In one of the liveliest atmospheres to descend upon WPI's Harrington Auditorium in years, St. John's of Shrewsbury outlasted Franklin, 55-48, to capture its sixth MIAA Division 1 Central title in seven seasons.

This was Franklin's first year of alignment in the MIAA's Central district, and the Panthers made their presence felt immediately, making their first district final appearance since 2006. The Panthers are often accompanied by their rowdy and colorful student section, dubbed "Rattle City" (@RattleCity), known for its variety of creative (and sometimes outlandish) attempts at distracting free throw shooters. Often, this includes dressing in increasingly outrageous costumes.

At the other end, there was St. John's "Superfans" (@Superfans_sj), routinely among the most vocal student sections west of I-495, quarterbacked by its Karate-Kid-headband-toting leader dubbed "The Sensei", among other unique things.

This made for one of the most colorful atmospheres for a high school sporting event that you'll see all year. In the end, after rushing the court to celebrate its title, St. John's fans applauded the Franklin fans for a job well done.

For basketball fans in Massachusetts, this was as good as it gets. Here are the best shots of the night: