Revive Spartan spirit by supporting student athletes


Martha Sanchez

While a large number of fans can be a rare occurrence at sporting events, lots of students turned out to the Dec. 5 hockey game vs. rival Mahtomedi, demonstrating the atmospheric change that student support can bring. Here, Seniors Libby Cohen, Issy Weber and Helen Bartlett are all smiles at the game.

Martha Sanchez, RubicOnline

From soccer and cross country to hockey and basketball, athletes of all grades can be heard in the hallways and on the sidelines criticizing the lack of student representation at their games. 

It’s a well known fact that Spartan student sections often come in weaker numbers than other schools. In the fall, Boys Varsity Soccer faced home games in which the opposing team had more fans than they did. Girls Basketball games are often dominated by parent support and the rare fan to watch a Cross Country or Nordic Race is often only student reporter. Fewer than 10 students attended the recent SMB Wolfpack state semi-final. A few more attended their championship game two weeks later, but were stuck behind Minnehaha Academy’s boisterous crowd. But why don’t students recognize that their support has tremendous benefit on their athletic peers? 

While reasons to not attend games – homework, sleep, relaxation time – are numerous, students who don’t regularly attend sports games need to consider how their actions can affect their fellow classmates. A lack of fans can be detrimental to athlete confidence. There is no doubt that a packed game with supportive fans can raise the morale of student athletes. In some cases, this boost can change the outcome of the game.

There is no doubt that a packed game with supportive fans can raise the morale of student athletes. In some cases, this boost can change the outcome of the game. ”

The more fans that attend games or meets, the better. Many students who attend games mention the need for a larger fan section to show more school spirit. It’s an incredibly fun and classic high school experience to feel the electricity that resonates through a gym, arena or field when a classmate scores. Going to games doesn’t only raise the confidence and excitement of student athletes, it can be meaningful for fans too. 

Start with easy to get to games – the Boys Varsity Hockey game at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, for example. Stay at school with friends, go to a coffee shop and do homework and then attend the game at the end of the day. Support the Basketball teams – Boys Varsity plays at home at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Girls Varsity has a home game on Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Attend these games to show your peers you care – and maybe even have a little fun yourself. 

To view the full game schedules for Boys and Girls Varsity Hockey, Boys and Girls and Varsity Basketball, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Fencing and Boys Swim and Dive, click on the respective sports.