Editor, The News
Having followed basketball very closely around the Woodward area for the past eight years, I have come to enjoy the job that Bryan Stephenson does at Woodward High School. Since I run the clock, I sit beside Bryan at every game and also teach next door to him. At times, he may get loud, but he only does it to get the crowd more involved in the action. The student body at Woodward does a great job at following and cheering their beloved Boomers, but they get even louder when provoked by Bryan Stephenson.
How boring would a game be if all they did was announce the starters? Let me tell you. I attended the Beaver- Laverne games about three weeks ago in Laverne. At the time, both boys teams were undefeated and I believe Beaver was ranked No. 2 and Laverne was ranked No. 6. The game was fun to watch but you had to pay very close attention to the officials to know what they were calling and even more, who the foul was on. The game was very close until the middle of the fourth quarter when Laverne pulled away. I can honestly tell you that even though the gym was small and the stands were packed, the crowd was nowhere as noisy as Woodward High was last week on Senior Night.
Woodward High will be ever louder this weekend when the Class B Area Tournament is held here. Bryan has his special way of getting the crowds going even more when the games are going on. I can bet you that the stands will be packed starting with the Woodward games on Thursday. If you don’t want to come to the games because you don’t like the announcer, then stay home and listen to the games on the radio. But, I will promise you this, Michael Barnes is even more colorful on the radio.
Editor, The News