On August 23, 2010, the Men’s Soccer team played Wickliffe High School at Wickliffe. The Gilmour fans flocked to the stands and Lancer spirit flowed. As the game progressed and the score was in favor of Wickliffe, the Gilmour fans became intense and un-
ruly. The rest is history. We all remember Mr. Teisl’s announcement the next day in Convocation and his reaction. Since that time, school spirit this year has been more than great at most sporting events so far. Fan sections led by Connor Deckard (`11), Ryan and John
Since that time, school spirit this year has been more than great at most sporting events so far. Fan sections led by Connor Deckard (`11), Ryan and John Tobbe (`11 and `12 respectively), Mike Zavagno (`11), and Andrew Pikul (`11) have been mak-ing noise and bringing tons of spirit to games. But what is the line between School spirit and being too rowdy?
Kiera Finelli (`11) and Caton Gomillion (`11) agree that “sport-
ing events are a lot of fun when everyone is getting rowdy, but as soon as someone starts an inappropriate cheer, that’s when a student is taking it too far. Matt Pestotnik (`11) says, “I love the fan section. They give you encouragement when it’s needed the most. However, when fans start swearing at players or referees, then you’ve crossed a line.” Connor Deck-ard (`11), adds, “While there is a line that students should not cross, such as derogatory language, fan sections being rowdy and yelling at the other team are simply part of the high school athletics experience.” The students’ points of view are all similar.
Mr. Teisl, Dean of Student Life, adds, “It’s hard to give a straight definition on what is ‘too far’. If you are yelling something and none of your peers are following along, then it may be too far. Any throwing of objects at a game, altercations in the parking lot, and doing air push-ups with smaller students is never acceptable.”
So, is trying to bring the other team down too rowdy? Is distracting the other team taking it to far? Students and administration agree. No. Pestotnik (`11) says, “If anything, making fun of the other team, or ‘chirping’, motivates the other team and makes them play harder.” Before the U.S. basketball game last February, Mr. Teisl also advised, “As a former student athlete, negative things said toward me only compelled me to play harder and prove all of those people wrong.”
The advent of fan support groups such as the Men’s Militia (see page 6) and the Pfundstein’s Pfanatics have brought many students to games. It is the aim of these groups to bring noise to the games and hopefully inspire the Gilmour teams to play harder. It has never been the mission of these groups to make fun of the other team, other coaches, and referees.
The players and fans all want students to join the support groups, come to games and cheer for the Lancers. Students are encouraged to bring their school spirit to the hilt, and to also be respectful to all players and fans, Gilmour or not.