On September 6th, 2009 Steve Greco (`11) and Bailey Clark (`10) created the G.A. Militia. These founding fathers harnessed strong support from Connor Deckard (`11), Andrew Pikul (`11), Ryan Tobbe (`11) and John Tobbe (`12). These six young entrepreneurial visionaries established a fan base whose voices have been heard around the O.H.S.S.A.
Last fall, these young gentlemen supported the men’s soccer team. In their regime, they have been called G.A. Men’s Militia and The Blue Mob. They have gained respect as a cheering section and have grown in numbers due to their enormous popularity.
This year, the original gentlemen have been recruiting and broadening their horizons to other sports such as football. The fan support has increased rapidly at all fall sports due to these men. Men and women now storm the stadium, strong with energy and enthusiasm. They inform students and faculty of game times, encourage all to come out, and have begun tailgating and dressing in “Lancer wear.”
During games, the Militia wages war by starting cheers, waving flags, banging on water jugs, blowing horns, and shaking noise makers. “We are a big deal. We spread school spirit not only on the playing fields but throughout the entire student body,” says Deckard (`11). They intend to make sporting events more enjoyable for all fans and players.
From a player’s perspective, their support is appreciated. Sean Cur-
tin (`11) midfielder on the soccer team, says, “I love’em. They not only bring plenty of fan support to games, but they have the ability to encourage players on the field when needed the most.”
Sports teams have noticed the upward trend of fan support and are very excited about it. The Militia wants to continue to grow and bring their battle cries to all sporting events.
Thanks to the work of these few men, the G.A. Militia is growing throughout the student body. Kenzie Alexander (`11) says, “I love the Militia. I get excited for sporting events since I know there will always be a group of students at the game.”