You may not know what or who they are but if you’ve been to a Comanche Indian football game, I can guarantee you that you’ve heard them because the Bleacher Creatures are the loudest, most spirited group in the stands! And…the spirit will continue on…right into basketball season and beyond.
Today, I sat down with three of the five leaders of the group to ask them what in the world inspired them to become creatures. What I learned is that the group “just sort of evolved.” It had a bit of a dim beginning a couple of years ago, was stronger last year, and has finally exploded into a full-fledged spirit section.
So just who are the leaders of the group? Daniel Volleman, Caleigh Gee, Jaden Pyburn, Zane Ellis, and Monique Alvarado “just evolved as the leaders because we are the most passionate,” they told me, each having his own reason for that fact.
“I do it because I like the sport, and I want the same from our volleyball fans. Plus, I do really love football,” Caleigh explained.
“And I just like to be loud so if I’m cheering, no one can tell me to be quiet,” Jaden laughed. “We’ve actually gotten a lot of the moms up and cheering, and now we are heading toward the dads!”
Daniel was a little more serious with his answer, possibly because I was one of the ones who actually really, really encouraged him to play football this year.
“I didn’t play this year, and I thought it was important to show that I still care about the success of the team, that I still want to be a part of things. The Bleacher Creatures kind of fill in a gap.”
The creatures are always well represented at the games.
“We try to get all of the students up for the game and keep them cheering.”
And the headdress that Volleman wears?
“Hickman started with the headdress last year at basketball games. It belongs to Mrs. Furlong, and I knew she had it. I just told her that I wanted to reserve it for all of the football games,” Daniel explained.
Of course, it will soon be basketball season, and Daniel Volleman will be a key player on that team. I asked if that meant the headdress would lie idle.
“It will be great being a Creature at basketball games because we are so much closer to the action, and the players can easily hear us,” the trio shared. No one could tell me who will be wearing the headdress, but they had no trouble sharing their goal for the group.
“We hope to continue to grow, improve in basketball and then be even bigger and better for next year’s football season. We always try to do more and more like beating on trash cans or using can shakers and megaphones. We know if we’ve done a good job at the end of a game…if we have no voice left and a headache on top that…we’ve done great!”
And as for the headdress…I have my fingers crossed that someone will be wearing it when we trade the field for the courts. I happened to walk through the gym today during practice time, and I realized that it won’t be long till it’s Indian/Maiden basketball season!!