Toilet-papering spree in Bangor neighborhoods a result of high school swimmers’ success

Lili Wiseman, 14, a freshman swimmer on the Bangor High School girls' swim team, holds up an errant toilet paper roll that was left by male swim team members after they rolled her family's house on Broadway in Bangor Sunday night. She said the members of the boys and girls squads toilet paper rolled the homes of team members who had qualifying times for the the state championships.
Lili Wiseman, 14, a freshman swimmer on the Bangor High School girls' swim team, holds up an errant toilet paper roll that was left by male swim team members after they rolled her family's house on Broadway in Bangor Sunday night. She said the members of the boys and girls squads toilet paper rolled the homes of team members who had qualifying times for the the state championships. Buy Photo
Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 5:11 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2012, at 7:36 p.m.
On Tuesday toilet paper was seen strewn across the  the home and front yard of Bangor High School swimmer Lili Wiseman, 14. She said male teammates rolled her family's home on Broadway as well as other female team members' homes in Bangor Sunday night. Wiseman explained  that team members rolled the homes of teammates who had qualifying times for the the state championships.
On Tuesday toilet paper was seen strewn across the the home and front yard of Bangor High School swimmer Lili Wiseman, 14. She said male teammates rolled her family's home on Broadway as well as other female team members' homes in Bangor Sunday night. Wiseman explained that team members rolled the homes of teammates who had qualifying times for the the state championships. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Houses scattered about Bangor were adorned with toilet paper Tuesday in the wake of the Bangor High School swimming and diving team’s successful defense of its state title.

As part of a traditional way of wishing “good luck,” male members of the team traveled to the homes of some of the team’s female members Sunday night, the night before the state championship, and tossed rolls of toilet paper over tree limbs, into hedges, over basketball hoops and weaved intricate patterns into porch balusters.

“It’s a celebration of making it so far to states and working so hard,” said Lili Wiseman, a 14-year-old freshman member of the swim team who made it to the states and whose Broadway home was “t.p.’d.”

After winning the state title, the girls returned the favor over the course of a few hours late Monday night by tossing toilet paper onto the homes of male members of the team.

Wiseman said around a dozen female swimmers and divers split into separate cars, each with a trunk loaded with cheap one-ply toilet paper, which they used to adorn about 15 homes where male teammates lived.

“It was really fun,” Wiseman said. “It was a rush.”

In the wake of victory will come cleanup. Homes on Third, Sixth, Seventh and Norfolk streets took hits, as did Broadway, West Broadway, State Street and others.

“It was quite a lovely scene on Broadway,” said Lili’s mother, Lisa Wiseman, who started picking up ribbons of paper Tuesday afternoon.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday afternoon that police hadn’t received any complaints from parents whose homes, bushes and trees were draped with paper.

“They’ll probably get their kids to clean it up,” Lili Wiseman said with a laugh.

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