Woodmore senior Kenny Kruse has stepped up to help both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams this season.
Kruse announces both the junior varsity boys’ and girls’ games, and when needed he has announced some varsity games. Kruse has been announcing the junior varsity games since the beginning of the season. Kruse says he is very interested in announcing and really enjoys doing the junior varsity games.
“I really enjoy calling the games because it’s fun, and it’s preparing me for what I want to do in the future,” said Kruse.
Kruse plans on attending Owens Community College and then transferring to the University of Toledo to major in communications. After college, Kruse’s goal is to become a sports broadcaster for CBS or ESPN.
“Kenny has been a great asset to both of the basketball teams, and we really appreciate his hard work and volunteer effort,” said Athletic Director Steve Barr.
Kruse will continue announcing both of the girls’ and boys’ games for the rest of the season and is also planning on announcing next season. Behind Kruse and the basketball teams are the students.
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.
(Article and photo taken by Woodmore journalism advisor Carolyn Nitz reprinted with permission from the January and February editions of Window To Woodmore, a student publication)