Every year there has always been a student section to support Woodmore’s athletic events. High school, middle school and even elementary students help cheer to support Wildcat basketball teams.
The student section has produced mass numbers at home games throughout the season already. It’s been a tradition for years that the seniors lead all the different types of chants and themes.
“I love how everyone shows up to support the team by yelling and chanting,” said senior Shannon O’Connor.
Anyone can attend to support the Wildcats in the student section. The students in the student section usually dress to a common theme.
“Most of the time, I pick the theme at random or what’s most suitable for the team we are playing against,” said senior Jake Rothert.
Some of the best themes so far have been camo, construction and Christmas.
“My favorite theme is random because everyone’s costumes are funny and creative,” said senior Shannon O’Connor.
There are some rules for the student section. There cannot be any inappropriate language towards other opponents, and there can be no contact with players from the other school. League rules also include having no noise makers, towels and students cannot paint their bodies up. Signs must have good sportsmanship and spirit for the team and school.
“The student section has a great turnout, and I’m very proud to see the students support our teams,” said the high school principal, Jim Kieper.
The 2012-13 season has gotten off to a somewhat disappointing start for the Wildcat boys team as they have a 5-8 record to start the year. The Wildcats are also 3-4 in the conference.
After coming back from an 18-point deficit in overtime to beat conference foe Eastwood, the Wildcats have lost back-to-back non-conference games against Ottawa Hills (29-59) and Oak Harbor (44-57).
On the road, the Wildcats beat Fostoria (58- 53) on Jan. 4. However, The Wildcats let the Lake Flyers take the lead through all four quarters and lost (64-60) on Jan. 10. Senior Jake Lewandowski led the team with 13 points. Six-foot-3 senior Donny Bowen added nine points on his first game back after being out with a foot injury.
Back on home, the Wildcats were defeated by Gibsonburg on Saturday, Jan. 12 (60-64). Bowen led the Wildcats with 22 points and 5 rebounds, while Lewandoski added 15 points. Senior Matt Haar had 10 rebounds.
Last week, the Wildcats routed Genoa 96-61 and then lost to Elmwood, 39-36, in overtime. Both games were on the road
The Wildcats have struggled to execute in games so far this season.
“We need to take all the things we do well in practice and bring that into game situations,” said senior Jake Lewandowski.
The Wildcats are in the middle of a long stretch of games played on the road, as they play only one home game in the month of January. This Tuesday, Jan. 29, they are at league leader Otsego and then Friday travel to Eastwood.
Coach Kyle Clair and the varsity girls’ basketball athletes are continuing on their path to success. The Lady ‘Cats are 9-7 overall and 6-3 in the NBC.
So far, the team has wins against Old Fort, Otsego, Eastwood, Fostoria, Ottawa Hills, Margaretta and Genoa. Their losses come from Port Clinton, sixth rank state contender New Riegel and predicted league winner Rossford, along with Oak Harbor, Hopwell-Loudon and Lake.
On the season so far, Grace Weirich leads the team in steals with 53. Katy Avers leads in charges with 6. Avers also leads the Wildcats in rebounding on both sides of the court with 33 offensive and 38 defensive. Shannon O’Connor leads the team in assists with 31.
With the season underway, Clair sees a couple things.
“I see signs of improvement every day and there’s a lot more consistency,” said Clair. “The girls respond to adversity and have a positive response after every game.”
The four seniors are having a good time as leaders.
“Being a leader is enjoyable and there’s always more room for everyone to improve,” said senior Leah Bench. “We need to keep working hard every day so we can strive for success.”
Clair also feels that the defense has expanded and the offense is finding its rhythm. For league play, Clair has a couple of thoughts.
“We need to have consistency, maintain turnovers, edginess and toughness. The team that is most mentally tough will for sure win the game.”
The seniors have contributed a lot for the team.
“I think the girls have contributed quite a bit of effort and perseverance. They have a good response and conduct well,” says Clair.
Clair always enjoys his team.
“I like how they come to practice and work hard. It is a pleasure to have a good set of girls on the team,” said Clair.
(Reprinted with permission from the January edition of Window To Woodmore, a student publication)