by Casey Bannon, The Em Vee Hi Sports Editor
Clad in standard black sweatpants and conservative sweatshirts, a group of male students take their seat at a varsity field hockey game at Melvin B. Landes stadium. Following the Majors' senior night festivities and introductions, the National Anthem ensues. It seems quiet…too quiet. As the final notes of the nation’s song play, all that can be heard is:
Clap clap clap
And with that, all that was left of the once desolate student section were some combat boots, slightly revealing Daisy Dukes, torn flannel, and a lot of skin.
Unfortunately this is not the first time teenage flesh has made an appearance at the Mount Vernon field hockey’s team games this year, in fact it’s become a mainstay; a trademark if you will.
Led by what students call “The Sexy Six,” this spirit- filled group of young men took on a challenge set forth by Principal Nardos King earlier in the year to exert more school spirit. They not only met that challenge, they created a new standard for hype squads.
“They are bringing school spirit back to MVHS,” said Lori Heltzel, mother of sophomore forward Maggie Heltzel and avid major supporter. “They started by themselves and now have six rows of stand filled. It’s infectious!”
With limited personnel and nothing more than a vuvuzela horn, The Sexy Six inspired the Lady Majors to a stunning regular season record of 10-3-1 and an undefeated record in the national district, not allowing a single goal to district opponents in the process.
“Our fire, our energy, our voice, a lot of these teams can’t handle it,” senior football standout Tasi Mathias said. “You can’t beat the girls and the Sexy Six. It’s just too much.”
Indeed it is often too much for some teams to handle. With the constant bombardment of cheers, chants, and Chihuahua barking, the school has quickly made a name for itself in the field hockey community as having one of the most hostile crowds around.
As the Six’s reputation and popularity has grown, so has their desire to expand their talents, and distribute spirit to other Major teams in need.
“I think it’s important we take this opportunity to grow our brand and add onto our squad,” senior basketball guard Patrick Bender said. “I envision a day where we have hundreds of students in the stands at all kinds of different sports.”
Already, the pack, which once sported six members, has grown into the low twenties, and often travel on the road with the team.
“I’d hate to see this end after field hockey season,” senior vuvuzela player Jeremy Larkey said. “I’m trying to turn up all year.”
In fact, the six are looking for new recruits in an effort to create a hype squad that will continue to get rowdy long after they graduate.
“All we want to do is make a difference,” junior quarterback Brendon Maturey said. “If six sexy young guys can do what we have done, then just imagine what we can do with hundreds.”
If anyone is out there with a desire to strike fear into an opponent’s heart while showing some skin, you have found your home. Do not ignore your duty as a student at Mount Vernon High School. Embrace your voice, your passion, and your weirdness and join the new regime of hype squads at Mount Vernon.
Editor's Note: These articles are written by Mount Vernon High School student reporters for The Em Vee Hi, the school newspaper. These articles are running on Mount Vernon Patch as part of a partnership between Mount Vernon Patch and the journalism class at MVHS.