- Rhinelander's Athletic Director Brian Paulson sent out a letter Wednesday reminding students to cheer loudly at sporting events.
He has seen a decline in student cheering since the WIAA come out with its list of suggested banned chants, which included "Airball!," "Fun-da-men-tals!," and "You can't do that!"
Paulson says that the national coverage of the suggested bans has also made students nervous to chant at games.
"The student section is really taken back by everything that's going on in the media," Paulson said. "Hopefully sending this letter out—encouraging our students to be there, cheer proudly for our Hodags—hopefully this is going to be a step for Friday against DC Everest. Let's get this place amped up."
Pauslon says his students' behavior at games has been respectful since he started in 2014.
He believes the community should treasure the school spirit.
While Paulson doesn't plan to follow the WIAA's suggestioins, there are still some guidelines.
"Things I really set forward with our student section and even some community members is that we aren't going to say anybody's name, jersey number, not any derogatory comments towards anybody," Paulson said.
"Lastly, anybody's appearance, we would never make fun of."
Paulson says the atmosphere his students create has helped the Hodags win three boys Great Northern Conference basketball championships.