ASHLAND, Ore. — If you’re within a half-mile of the Southern Oregon softball stadium, you’ll know if a game is being played. All you have to do is keep your ears open.
“I think we’ve always just been known to be a loud team,” said Sierra Anderson. “When I came here my freshman year, I was kind of overwhelmed, like what are all these girls doing cheering?”
Anderson quickly realized if you want to be a Raider, you better join in.
“I think it definitely allows us to focus and hone in on the game and kind of brings our team together,” said Anderson.
“I don’t make my kids do it,” said head coach Kim Fritts, “but I do tell them, ‘if you’re going to do it, be up and into it. Just don’t do anything halfway. If you’re going to do it, do it all the way.”
“A lot of bus rides we come up with our cheers,” said Anderson. “We had a cheer practice once where we just thought about people’s names and put them into songs.”
“People’s names, numbers, by songs, just going off the beats of songs,” said Sydney White. “It’s just crazy what people can think of.”
It brings the team together and pumps them up, and maybe brings down the spirit of their opponent.
“I think it’s annoying,” said Anderson. “When other people are cheering and loud, I’m like, ‘stop talking.’ So I think that’s really good that we’re loud.”
“When you’re a player against them, it was always, ‘oh, they’re so annoying. Oh I hate that,” said Stephanie Hull, a Raider’s assistant coach who played for Corban, “but me and my one friend who played shortstop, we would actually be in the field, and we would be singing their chants along with them because we loved them so much.”