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Administration sets rules for student fans attending tomorrow’s game

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Madeline Petrick
Celebrating the win against Crete on Saturday, head coach Wade Coulter cheers with the student section.

*UPDATE Feb. 29, 2024:  Unlike previously reported, the student section for today’s GEHS state basketball game is section 101, under the North hoop. We apologize for our error and any confusion.


Tomorrow the girl’s basketball team will make the trek down to the Pinnacle Bank Area to take on the Waverly Vikings in the Class B State Championship quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m. The girls look to be the first team to win a game at State if they take down the Vikings. Looking for all the help they can get, they hope fans can make their way down to Lincoln.

As for the rest of the student body, they will be allowed to leave school at 1:30 p.m., or after sixth period, if they meet the requirements that administration put out for students to be eligible to be marked “School Activity” in attendance rather than unexcused absence.

Those requirements are: students must not have any incomplete or missing assignments,  and they must have a parent or guardian call the office to grant permission for them to go.

Administrators and arena officials have also announced that fans may not bring signs, banners nor balloons. Also, there will be a clear bag policy.

Knowing these rules will be enforced, students have organized another way to cheer on the Griffins. They decided to make the game a black-out theme. Students should sit in section 101, or behind the north side basketball hoop, unlike the game against volleyball. This is a change from prior years when the Dragons qualified for the tournament. According to Athletic Director Ryan Garder, Griffin fans will also be expected to only cheer for the Griffins and not against their opponents.

“It’s not about getting in the other teams head,”  Garder said. “It’s about cheering your team on. Just being as rowdy as you can be without making it personal and without attacking the performance of the opponent.”

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Brody Heidemann, Sports Editor
Brody Heidemann is a junior at Gretna East and this will be his second year on an online journalism staff. He was on the Gretna Media staff at Gretna High last year. This year he is the GEHS Wingspan's Sports Editor. As a sophomore, Brody won third place in Yearbook Sports Feature Writing and also fifth in Sports News Writing at the NSAA High School State Journalism championships for Class-A. Brody enjoys participating in journalism because he is interested in learning about other people and likes being social. His goal for this year is to stay productive and keep stories coming out. Outside of school, he enjoys playing video games, working at Hy-vee and hanging out with friends. 
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Madeline Petrick, otherwise known as Madie, is a sophomore at GEHS. She was on the Gretna Media staff at Gretna High last year. This year she is the GEHS Wingspan's Editor-in-chief. Madie has wanted to be a journalist since she was in fourth grade. She loves finding stories to tell and sharing her creativity with the world. As a freshman, Madie won first place for entertainment review writing at the NSAA High School State Journalism championships for Class A. Outside of the journalism world, she devotes her time to writing, swimming and being involved at school. She has swam competitively for the past nine years and continues to swim for the Gretna Swim team which is the joined swim team of GEHS and GHS. Along with journalism and swimming, Madie is a member of the Student Council. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, her dogs and blasting music, mostly Taylor Swift.  This year she won a Best of SNO award for her story "Gretna family, non-profit, inspired by personal experience, create beacon of hope."  
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    Naz ReidFeb 28, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    I respectfully have to disagree with Mr. Garder’s thoughts on the GEHS student’s cheering guidelines. The thing is, the objective of every student section is the same thing, get in the other team’s head and do your best to help your home team win. Now, I don’t know about you guys but, every high school basketball game that I’ve been to this year, the administrators representing opposing schools seem to acknowledge the student’s objective and allow them to get in the other team’s head, within profanity guidelines of course. I guess what I’m trying to say is, why is gretna east the only school being restricted from cheering against opposing school’s when they have to watch/listen to other student sections rooting against our very own players? It just doesn’t make sense.

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