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Hockey Team’s Spirit Boost

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It is known that the cheerleaders support the varsity football and basketball teams. The spirit club tries to “pep up” the school and promote school spirit. However, it is unusual for a sports team to have their own club to support them.

Cheerleaders Ali Lencewicz (`11) and Chelsey Brown (`12) have started the Spirit Girls Club to support all three Men’s Hockey teams (Varsity A, B, and Prep). The girls have gathered a group of students who are dedicated to boost support for the hockey teams.

It is a known fact that teams play better when they have fans cheering them on. Ali Lenciwicz (`11) explains, “Coach Malloy, the coach of the Varsity A team, wanted us to start the Spirit Girls to bring more spirit to the games and make it a little more fun.” After hearing Coach’s request, Lenciwicz (`11) got a group of girls together to bake cookies and decorate the rink for the boys. They also organize games like Chuck-a-Puck and Broomball for students to get involved in before big games. The added fan support and decorations will definitely help the teams get in gear and encourage them to play better.

The girls will get together before home games to decorate, give the players their gifts, and make them feel supported by the school. However, since the hockey teams now have their own spirit club, and the football and basketball teams are supported by the cheerleaders, other teams want their own support section too. Even though Spirit Club tries to support all of the teams, spirit clubs for individual teams are beginning to surface. With the rise of the GA Soccer Militia and the new “Pfundstein’s Pfanatics” group, the spirit is well underway.

The spirit within the community has been greatly rejuvenated by these new clubs and organizations. Without a doubt, the teams are playing better and the student body is feeling more connected. School spirit is very important to a school, and it is in full swing this year.