Olivia Leone, Taylor Morton, Natalie Pitteway
NORWALK - The sea of students wearing white went wild as the volleyball team scored another point against ludlowe. But the sea is only a puddle, and what could have been the thunder of an entire student section, is just the shouts of the twenty people who fill who bleachers. Brien McMahon’s student section has seen a decline in attendance and spirit as exemplified by the volleyball, soccer, and football games last Friday, September 15th. But as athlete, Savannah Buzzeo (‘18), says, “I love our school pride. I know that it’s important to have fans there.”
In past years, the student section consistently held a full section of the bleachers, top to bottom. But last year, the fan base shrank as the football team finished the season 0-9. Even successful teams like the girls’ volleyball team, who earned second place in FCIACs, had a small following last season. So far, this season is no different. After their win on Friday against Ludlowe, Stephanie Skidmore ('20), a starter for McMahon volleyball said, “I feel that whenever I look into the stands it's the same 20 kids every time.”
After losing to Darien last Friday, the football captains spoke about how the lack of support affects them on the field. Nick Marson (2018), said “I think the worst feeling, honestly, from a school standpoint, was when we came out in week one at halftime and no one was there; they all left. It would be nice to think people actually believed in us.”
Across town, the successful Bear Pack lead by Joey Somma (‘18), Joey Benincaso (‘18), and Eddy Boccanfuso (‘18) explained how they get numbers in the crowd. They all agreed that social media is a big aspect of achieving good results. “Twitter is a huge part and also the pregame tailgates and even the attire themes for the games” said Joey Benincaso. In addition to Twitter, Joey Somma says “spreading the word person to person” is key to a big student section.
This year, Mr. Hurwitz and the senior class are working together to improve the spirit culture of Brien McMahon. Game schedules are posted on social media and a weekly sports bulletin will soon appear in the cafeteria in an attempt to “spread the word better,” as put by Finley Bean and Peyton McNamara (‘20). It’s time to upgrade the McMahoniacs before the athletes lose hope in themselves.