A challenge to change the status quo
December 6, 2011
By Dawson Solly
Fall sports have just ended and the start to a new season has begun for winter high school sports such as basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.
For teams that moved into the playoffs and continued to the state championships, like the Skyline High School football team, it is an experience of a lifetime, but one thing missing from the playoffs is fan support. I think we need fan support from the district student body as a whole.
I know our district high schools have been rivals in the past and compete against each other, but times have changed as Skyline and Issaquah left 3A and moved on to 4A competition; the fan support should change, too. Instead of Liberty seeing Issaquah and Skyline as a rival in the playoffs we need to realize we are all part of the same district and that we all have an effect on our reputation as a whole.
Many may think that if this were to happen there would be a lot of conflict between schools, but think of how much our reputation as a district and community would improve. Districts across the state would think of our district as a trendsetter and a start to a new legacy.
Being an athlete at Liberty, I would see it as a positive, getting more support and gaining confidence because of it. Other athletes at Liberty agree — the more fans the better — particularly in sports such as wrestling, swimming/dive, gymnastics, tennis, and track and field, where individuals are on “the stage” alone.
“Personally I would like it, because when there are more fans, the more likely I will be able to perform at a top level. I think it would be a good thing,” said senior Josh Gordon, a multiple sport state competitor at Liberty.
Overall, the rivalries between Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline have been in good fun and are part of the competition. But it sure would be cool to be the district that has the courage to support one another at the big events, especially when competing outside our district. Specifically, as fellow athletes, we should be able to empathize and respect each other’s efforts to perform under pressure, and that alone is worth cheering for.
So, I challenge you to support the talented and dedicated athletes of the Issaquah School District and be the start of a higher level of sportsmanship.