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Loper Legion continues to grow, keeps tradition rolling for UNK Athletics
Matt Tomjack
Guest Writer
Photo by Bryan Molt
Members of the Loper Legion cheer on the Loper volleyball team last Thursday against Colorado Christian. You can follow the Legion on Facebook and Twitter.

Duke has the Cameron Crazies, Kansas has “Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk,” and Illinois has the Orange Krush. Like these fabled traditions, the Loper Legion has become a staple at UNK sporting events, both home and away.

In their second year of existence, the Legion is looking to build upon a great first year and continue creating traditions. With over 300 members by the end of last year, Loper Legion has met that goal already by the fourth week of school. “Our goal was originally 500, and with over 300 already it seems possible this year,” said Josh Fink. Fink, a junior criminal justice major from Wayne is on the executive board for the Legion.

While the main goal of Loper Legion is to support UNK athletics, the executive members have also taken it upon themselves to start new traditions at a school where tradition is not a common word.  One of the newest traditions has been showcased at soccer games. Adopted from the All Blacks rugby team from New Zealand, the ancient Haka dance is performed at every soccer game.

The dance to the school fight song, volleyball chants and Loper Alley are all traditions that Loper Legion has had a part in creating. Also becoming a yearly tradition are road trips. Last year’s trips included a trip to Wayne for volleyball, Ft. Hays for basketball and Grand Island for basketball. “Nothing is final yet, but we are in the works of planning an overnight weekend of away athletics,” said Loper Legion president, Brent Wheaton.

Wheaton, a junior secondary math education major from Haigler, is sending a message out to all UNK students who are not yet Legion members. “Come to a game. Once you see how much fun we have cheering our Lopers to victory, I feel confident that anyone would want to join Loper Legion.”


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