School pride runs rampant thanks to sports
BY MONICA CRAWFORD OCTOBER 10, 2014
The chants of “I believe that we will win!” and “How high? Rose high!” echo across the football field on a typical, fall Friday night. The athletes are pushing themselves to the limit in order to bring home the win, and the student section is filled with people from all different friend groups who have found that one thing that they all have in common: Rampant pride.
During the days leading up to a big volleyball game against South Central, soccer game against New Bern or football game against Conley, the whole school is abuzz with excitement. The fans are wondering if the game will be a blackout or ‘Merica themed, and the athletes are talking up the game. Sporting events are unique because, unlike any other school event, they are able to unify the entire school.
In this day and age, everything about school has become a competition. Students are forced to compete against each other to get that spot in the top 10 percent of the class or to win the election for class president. High school sports allow students to stop competing against each other and join together as a whole family of Rampants to compete against the other team.
Each sporting event really is a team effort. Without the athletes’ hard work and dedication to their sports, the sense of Rampant pride would be lost. Without the band playing along throughout the game, the fans would not have as much energy, and half time would be very boring. Without the fans there cheering them on, the athletes would not feel as inspired to play. The success of our many different sports teams depends on the actions of the school as a whole.
This year so far has been a successful one for the Rose sports teams, and each game seems to bring in more fans than the last. The football team has remained undefeated, including a win against Conley, the volleyball team has crushed Conley twice, the men’s soccer team is working hard to repeat its conference championship title, the women’s cross country team placed first in the Bo Run and the women’s tennis team is progressing with the help of its new young leaders.
It is up to us as sports fans to help our teams continue their successful seasons. We need to keep up that Rampant pride and cheer our hearts out at every game we can make it to. Let’s make sure that each school that sets foot on our fields, courts or track knows that they are at OUR house, and at our house, we never back down.
If we keep up the Rampant pride that unifies us all together, then maybe this year will be the year that Rose soccer repeats their conference champions title. Maybe this year will be the year that Rose football wins the state championship. Maybe this year will be the year that the Rampants make history.