Triton’s ‘Super Fans’ gets everyone in the game
In the world of sports, playing on your home court or field means everything. A loud home field advantage can help make life miserable for opponents not only affecting their ability to communicate, but also bring a certain energy to the home team.
For years, the Triton student section had been lacking in that area. While students have shown up to the games, the atmosphere just hadn’t been there and activities director Shane Van Beek was looking for a solution.
Van Beek’s idea was to recruit four students that were not involved in a fall sport to help breathe life into the student section at all Triton events. As a result, Paris Ellingson, Claire Maixner, Caroline Gosse and Jenna Jensen have been hard at work bringing the intensity and getting everyone in the Triton community involved.
“None of us were in volleyball or anything and we had kind of a crappy fan section,” Ellingson said. “We wanted to make it have more school spirit and get everyone involved when they come out to the game. We wanted it to be more friendly and have everyone into it.”
At last week’s homecoming week volleyball matchup with Zumbrota-Mazeppa, the quartet’s impact was apparent throughout the gym. Signs were at the front of the activities wing of the high school for fans to hold up and support the team. During timeouts, music blared from the speakers thanks a playlist that the fans had created and the entire section was decked out in white for a ‘white out’ theme.
The groups contributions also extends off the field as well by hosting fan meals at their houses, tailgating before football games and letting everybody know what’s coming up next thanks to their Twitter account @TritonFans. The result has been a more vocal atmosphere that has helped bring everyone together and help support the players.
“It’s really fun to get involved,” Maixner said. “It’s even more fun to get everybody else involved in this, too.”
“The [volleyball players] even said they’re doing better when we are more excited,” Ellingson added. “It just brings an energy we haven’t had here.”