Hunter: Support is great for CC basketball

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The Cannon County basketball team has started off this season on a long losing streak, but it has not been for a lack of trying or great fan support as usual.

A new fan experience was created during the offseason for the rest of the students.

The drama stage behind the right baseline was replaced by a new set of bleachers, which is now the Lions and Lionettes official student section.

The section has been filled well during the home high school and middle grade basketball games, and they have been loud and respectful of their classmates, opponents, and officials. Also, the cheerleaders have done a great job getting the crowd involved as usual.

However, I do not want to see the students get in trouble like I did my senior year for my actions in the student section. So, I will be giving a life lesson free of charge, today.

In 2001, I was a senior at Murfreesboro Oakland, and a proud member of the cheering section. I know, most of you were just born, while I was acting like a stupid teenager. Also, there was just us and Riverdale in Murfreesboro during that time. Blackman was just opened. So, a group of us, would go long road trips to watch our friends play for the Patriots, and be a very vocal student section at home games.

At the same time, I was getting my first experience in journalism as a member of OHS's yearbook and student newspaper under one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Nancy Jackson. Yes, that was the same time, Outkast had the popular song, I am sorry Mrs. Jackson, so we sung it to her all the time.

At one home game, our cheers were not very family friendly, and the adults were mad at us after it. So, the next day, a group of us seniors got called in the office. Our principal told us either stop the cheers, or we will not participate at prom, graduation, and the other senior activities.

It was a life changing moment, thanks to Mr. Ken Nolan, whose name is on the Siegel football stadium, today. I decided to stop being a fan instead becoming a journalist. It has brought me to today at this wonderful job.

So, the lesson is have fun, and enjoy this experience, because high school only lasts for a short time. The Lions and Lionettes need you loud and proud, but no trips to Mr. Mike Jones' office, please.

The atmosphere at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium is awesome and respectful, let's keep it that way.

Thanks for listening to the lesson.

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