Where’s Wallace?

With everyone yelling at the referee for calling a foul that you can’t even find in the rulebook, Wally the wildcat is being forgotten in a closet and looking for someone to fill his shoes.

It has been two years since Wally has actually been in constant use. The last person to use Wally to his full potential was Carlos Alverado. Carlos was Wally for one year and that was his senior year. 

“After thinking about it and the stuff I would be doing as the wildcat, I thought it would be pretty cool,” Alverado said.

Wallace is not only a person in a suit, it is a personality that can change the course of a game according to Dr. Paul Griep.

“Wally at the games is a lot of fun, and I think it adds another dimension to the atmosphere,” Griep said.

In the past, the Student Council was in charge of Wallace and then Mrs. Sprague took care of Wally. Wally is now just hanging up waiting to be taken out and given life.

The closest thing to a mascot has been Jason McMullen as Stone Cold and his Diet Dr. Pepper addiction. With a good “what” and a deep voice, the crowd has gotten fired up according to Trent Conn.

According to Alverado, some qualities a future Wally should have are to have fun, take pride in what you do, have fun with all the games you get to do, and really be the spirit of the student section.

However, some lines are just not meant to be crossed. To make sure that this doesn’t happen, Coach Bunting will be sure to enforce rules to be followed at games.

“The spirit coach will give some parameters on what’s acceptable and what’s not,” Griep said, “Obviously the mascot is a representation of our school and we want to make sure that they know that.”

Being Wallace requires some sacrifice of free time and comfortability.

“The mascot should be at every football game, at least a home soccer game, and every home basketball game.” Alverado said.

Multiple mascots at basketball games is a possibility in the future according to Griep, but figuring out one mascot is the main priority of the school right now. Having one mascot is preferable according to Alverado because knowing everything to be the mascot is enough for one person.

“Of course we could do it, we would just need to brainstorm on what the second mascot would be,” Griep said. “I think the issue that’s holding us back is just the student interest in performing as a mascot, and their willingness to commit to coming to the games just our other spirit squad.”