But more than that, the community/school spirit vibe is so different. Hardly anyone goes to the games, the gym is bare, there's no cheerleaders or dance squad. No music. There's no 50/50 raffle, no halftime half-court shots, no cake raffle... no kids running around under the bleachers, ignoring the game but loving the excitement.
Last night was spirit night, though, (a double double-header: soccer and volleyball) and let me tell you, it felt like home.
Everyone dressed up in school colors and cheered. They had pompoms and noise-makers. The pep band was playing. The boys ran off to cheer and play with the other kids and I felt like we could have been in any old high school gym back in eastern Washington.