Reckling Rowdies embody school spirit

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By Cameron Cash

STH v Strake 12-9-14 JP (54)
Seniors Matthew Wood, Joseph Buckle, Chris Winter, Emily Blum, Matt George and Austin Longoria following Jared Hoesel’s lead as they ride a wild, imaginary roller coaster at the Strake vs. St. Thomas basketball game.

Eagle Staff

Reckling Rowdies are the driving forces behind

the successes of the basketball team.

Year in and year out, the Eagles basketball

team is fiercely competitive in both TAPPS and

non-conference play.

The team plays well whenever they are on the

road, but they have a special advantage while

competing at home.

When opposing teams travel to Reckling

Gymnasium, they know they are getting more than just the Eagles’ basketball team as an opponent.

These opponents have fear stricken into their hearts by the Eagles’ student section, the Reckling

Rowdies.

Students cheering on their Eagle brothers is a long-standing tradition, and can be traced back to the

founding of the school.

Since the high point of Peyton Wilson ‘12’s tenure as leader of the Reckling the Rowdies’ performance

has someone dwindled.

However, a recent string of events has led to the the Rowdies returning to their former state of

dominance.

Whether beating Strake in a storied rivalry or dominating TAPPS district play, the Rowdies are

always there to strike fear into their opponents.

Their effect can be felt both on and off the court, whether they are intimidating the other teams

players by emasculating them, or quieting the other school’s student section and fans.

The Rowdies footprint spreads all over the court, both home and away.

Alumni have fond memories of being a Reckling Rowdie, and these memories stick with them for life.

Help Desk Manager and baseball coach Jay DeWitt was a Reckling Rowdie from 2005 to 2009.

“Being a Rowdie is a fun way to show school spirit, and probably the only time when you won’t get

fun of for wearing red overalls,” DeWitt said.

Student basketball players appreciate the effect that the Rowdies have on their opponents.

“Playing at home is the best because I know that the Rowdies will help us win,” said junior basketball

player Collin Jones. “They get into the other team’s head and affect their game, both physically and

mentally.”

Members of the Rowdies are very exuberant, and the spirit is infectious. Other students who see them

and watch their antics are infected with school spirit.

“When I hear the Rowdies cheering, it makes me want to rip my shirt off and flex all of my muscles,”

senior Peter Scamardo said. “They inspire me to be more than what I am.”

Eagle coaches see and appreciate just how much hard work and time that the Rowdies put into their

cheering.

These devoted members do not just show up to games, and their hard work is recognized and

appreciated. Freshman football.

“These guys prepare all year for this,” said Assistant Director of Admissions Keith Page. “It’s a year

round job for them. Guys like [senior Campbell] Clarkson perfecting his look so he looks like Tom

Cruise from Top Gun, or [senior Jack] Schrimsher taking the time to grow out a mullet… These guys

are professionals.”

One of the leaders of the Reckling Rowdies is senior Jack “Jock” Schrimsher.

Schrimsher can be seen at all games with his trademark construction hat and witty insults.

Another key leader of the Rowdies is senior Jordan Lawrence.

Lawrence can be seen at games devoutly following the cheers that are led by the cheerleaders.

“I love cheering on the Eagles and the sense of brotherhood that it brings to the school,” said

Lawrence.

Although cheering on a basketball team may look easy, it is not always a walk in the park.

“Being a Reckling Rowdie is a lot of pressure,” Page said.

Having to come up with interesting chants year in and year out is a hard task to do, but each class

that passes through manages to live up to the precedent of Rowdies before them.

 

 

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