Gull Lake’s student section has a long history of causing havoc for opposing teams. However, the last couple of years haven’t had the level of excitement that has been there previously. Richland Rowdies gather at the football field on Friday nights in the fall to cheer on their team, show school spirit, and have a good time with their friends. The last two years, however, students have only been gathering to be with their friends.
As always, when the cheerleaders yell, “Hey Freshman!” the crowd listens to crickets from the student section. The cheer team also picks the themes for the games and while many of the students dress up accordingly; there are also many who do not. This upsets some spirited students, including junior, Carson Atchu.
“We need more people to participate,” Atchu said. “The more people dress up for themes and participate in cheers, the more fun it is!”
At the first home game, against Benton Harbor, saying the student section lacked energy would be an understatement. Half of the students dressed up for the Hawaiian theme and it seemed like even fewer were cheering. Even though Gull Lake was winning the game.
School pride was gained back in the second home game, against Loy Norrix, when a majority of the students dressed in neon colors for a rave theme and participated in almost all of the cheers that continued mid-way through the third quarter, when the game was postponed due to lightning.
“The neon game definitely had a better effect on the student section,” Atchu said. “The underclassmen got more into the cheers and we really had a lot of people participate.”
The crowd seemed to stay loud the whole game, especially on third down plays on defense, when the student section seemed to erupt. This appeared to give the players a boost of energy as well, when senior defensive lineman Nate Miller started jumping around, waving his hand in the air, signaling his teammates and classmates to get louder. When the defense made the stop, the crowd exploded and the team became ecstatic and almost impossible to go up against on both sides of the ball.
This excitement left the students and players excited to see what the third home game will bring.
“I’m looking forward to having everyone get together again and cheer,” Atchu said. “I really look forward to the games when everyone is happy and cheering.”
Students, players, and parents will need to bring their energy and loudest cheers as Gull Lake will look to keep its home winning streak alive against Battle Creek Central on Friday, October 2nd.
- This is my third year on staff, my second as Sports Editor. I am a senior at Gull Lake and plan to attend the University of Alabama next year and major in accounting. I play basketball and baseball and was selected as captain of the varsity basketball team for the coming season. I have a passion for sports and writing about them and look forward to a great year of writing.