BY TRISTON FAIRCHILD | PHOTO BY NIKKI WILLIAMSON
Cheering from the student section, generating an upbeat vibe, and screaming your head off are all common happenings at a high school sporting event. When teams are winning, dominating to be exact, it generates an intense hype throughout the school that students can feel for the whole week of a game. The winning could have the potential to create an almost unstoppable force of students and community members alike, especially in spectator sports such as football or volleyball.
It’s hard to erase the memory of the packed gyms and hyped student sections of the Papio South volleyball games during their magical national-championship seasons. Many also remember the deafening shrieks and cheers from the Black Hole during the Titans-Monarchs football game.
Does this support carry over against any other opponent? Some students will stand behind the teams through thick and thin, cheering louder than before. Those who remain true to their teams can seem to ignite a flame within the team they are supporting. Sophomore Grace Blum, who is involved in cross country and track, said, “For the most part, our school does well at supporting each other. Especially in football and basketball or when a team is having success.”
To know how to support Titan activities, one must know what quality support looks like. Senior Jordan Davis, a state DECA officer, said, “Support means making the school a better place by playing or cheering with your heart, staying involved in activities, and watching the game instead of being distracted.”
Support can look different from student to student as well. Freshman basketball player Niko Spire said, “Support is showing a good attitude even when times are tough, along with doing everything the Titan way.”
Junior basketball player Justin Steenhoek said, “Support is going to the games and having Titan-wear on. It is also caring about the game and players and going to the game to spectate and cheer.”
About success and achievement stemming from PLS, Davis said, “Many Titans have achieved many things like Raegan LeGrand with her volleyball accomplishments, the girls cross-country winning state, and Nate Kotila renovating the school elevators.”
The people who have achieved a goal that they have been working toward have been supported by others, in some way. Sports teams can also generate a high amount of support from the student body.
On the topic of supportive people, Davis said, “We have people who are more accepting and supportive such as Kyler Caverzagie. Some students also show support by encouraging players and going out of their way to show them that they matter.”
When a team feels the passion and energy from a quality crowd it might impact their play. Junior soccer player Jaden Torbensen said, “When a team gets that support they’re almost unstoppable.”
Senior basketball player Lexi DiGiacomo said, “Effective support here at Papio South is to support activities by having the leaders at the school at the game and having students wishing the players good luck. The players can also stress to their classmates how important an upcoming game is.”
The impact of full support of an activity has been seen many times at PLS. “Winning metro soccer was huge, and the community and school came to support. We ended up beating the No. 1 ranked team, Omaha South, and afterward the fans and team were celebrating on the field. It was pretty special,” Torbensen said.
Girls basketball had a similar experience this year.
“With full support, we were able to win a district championship and go to state,” DiGiacomo said.
With the school and community banding together to support a common purpose or activity, great things have been accomplished. The level of support is entirely the choice of the student body. What kind of school do you want to be a part of?