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November 27, 2012

Will North’s bandwagon find new places to park?

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NORMAN —

I remember a state volleyball tournament in Shawnee that North students rocked, but I’m afraid it was in the name of being let out of school for just that purpose.

Trying not to sound like an old fogey, when I looked out upon that huge swath of North students at Union-Tuttle Stadium, a swath that easily outnumbered Owasso’s swath on the other side, I wondered how many among the several hundred within had never met others they were that moment sharing the bleachers with.

I wondered how many within were from the beautiful and popular crowd (who are always more beautiful and popular to each other than everybody else) learning to share space not typically shared. I wondered how many were floaters, oprhans in the social sea, yet comfortable enough as long as they knew somebody near. I wondered how many misfits had nonetheless hopped on their football team’s bandwagon, sharing space with others they’d never shared a word. I hoped everybody was represented and I hoped it might somehow be the start of something.

Like, can we get a couple hundred people to boys and girls basketball, or more than the three, four or five rows of students? And, for crying out loud, seeing as North’s been around for more than 15 years, could we get some alumni, too.

Could NHS students and alumni take the same hint? This town is teeming with former Tigers. Guess what, basketball season starts Friday at Southmoore, and while I’m sure you’re welcome on North’s bandwagon in Stillwater that night, you think you might take in some hoops this season, too?

At Little Axe, they come out for wrestling. They really do. At Community Christian, the third high school in town, basketball is a big deal. The Royals may not have a ton of fans, but you’d be amazed how many of them show up for the games.

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