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.
Since we are talking about high school basketball, let’s respond to Mrs. Leppke’s letter from yesterday. I don’t know how many basketball games you have attended, but I have been to hundred’s if not thousand’s over the past 25 years. If a team has a good pep club or spirit squad, they are going to ridicule every player from the other team. That is what it’s all about. It is part of trying to get into the head of the opponent. It is something that will give your team an advantage and hopefully lead them on to victory. Are we supposed to congratulate the opponent every time they make a basket or do something good? I think and hope not!! I don’t think there is anything wrong with letting a person know that they made a bad shot. It happens all of the time. It happened clear back when I was in basketball and it will continue to happen. As a player, it ought to provide you with a little bit of motivation to work harder and play better.