There’s no other crowd like Flintridge Prep, check that, student section like Flintridge Prep, unless you want to count the Cameron Crazies. If you’ve been to a high school boys basketball game this season, or the last few years for that matter, you’ll notice a boisterous student section sitting, err, standing in the far corner of each section. I went to the Rebels game last week against Pasadena Poly. The entrance was crowded, and soon I realized there was no seating for the late-arriving crowd. In a sense, I’m glad it was so crowded, because to tell you the truth, I was illegally parked outside. I was afraid of getting my car towed, again. Anytime a student section chants “fascism”, “communism” and “Mussolini” you know you have a pretty unique and creative section. If you’ve ever been to a Prep game, you’ll hear another chant: “You can’t do that!”. That’s when the Rebels’ favorite player is fouled intentionally, as is usually the case when there’s a 6-foot-8, 270-pound center ready to go on a fastbreak. At home or on the road, you’ll have a hard time finding a seat in either section, and it’s why, I feel, the Flintridge Prep student section is the best student section in the West San Gabriel Valley. Here are the others:
1. Flintridge Prep: Read above.
2. Maranatha: Jeremy Major, a sophomore guard, alone draws a crowd.
3. Pasadena Poly: Worth the drive just to catch a Poly student drenched with orange paint.
4. La Canada: When they win, they always draw a near-sellout.
5. Pasadena*: The asterisk is there because they usually only draw a crowd when they play Muir.