Posted by Jess Borjon at 3/5/2012
Where did the month of February go?! It appears as though we may have missed winter all together. The minimal amount of storms that have come through the area makes me think I’m in southern California. One thing we did not miss this year was our tremendous fan support for winter sports. Our Black Mob was larger and more spirited than ever and the support for our annual Pink Zone game was phenomenal. I was recently at a neighbor school during a boys’ basketball game and over heard a few parents and staff from their school say they had never seen so many students at a basketball game before. I had to smile and think, wow! A crowd of this size is a regular occurrence at WHS!
What was most impressive this winter about our students was the evolution of our Black Mob. The degree of sportsmanship they displayed was outstanding. They are teenagers, so they do have their moments, but all and all I could not be more proud of our students. It’s been a challenge convincing our students they could be rowdy, boisterous and loud and still be respectful. Our students have learned they can show character and still have fun! Our students are overcoming the pervasive belief in our society that in order to create a home field advantage you have to treat your opponents like dirt. Students are realizing sportsmanship is an attribute that creates positive results, now and in their future.
There is work still to be done in this area. I find on occasion there are students, and even some parents, who think it is okay to boo your opponent, or classmates. It is okay to make a team, who are guests on our campus, feel mistreated and unwelcome. Their rationale is, “C’mon, it’s all in good fun.” I know our students and community can rise above the nonsense and treat each other and opponents with respect, kindness and dignity. And while we’re demonstrating great sportsmanship we’re also competing to our fullest. Victory with honor!
So the next time you’re at a Woodcreek sporting event feel free to add to the positive culture that is Woodcreek High School. If you see someone acting without class and character you can say, “We don’t do that here.” And when victory is ours we can look ourselves in the mirror and say, “That’s the way the Timberwolves do it!”
Woodcreek High School sets high expectations in academics, athletics, the arts, and additional pursuits our students are fortunate to experience. We believe our expectations of sportsmanship and character should not be any less.