I've covered a few games in Enterprise this season from volleyball to boys and girls basketball, and I have to say that the atmosphere at Enterprise High School is the best in Southern Utah.
The smaller gymnasium certainly helps the place be a little louder, and I won't overlook the fact that last Wednesday's game was a rivalry between the Wolves and Parowan Rams. But just as many people attended the Enterprise-Parowan game last Wednesday as they did the Cedar-Dixie game Friday.
I had major tunnel vision 10 years ago at Snow Canyon High School. I always thought the Warrior fans inside The Jungle were the rowdiest and had the most moxie. They're still great, sure, but so is everybody else.
The volume inside the Enterprise High School gym — Do we call it the Wolves' Den? Enterprise students, help me out. Tweet at me and tell me what I'm supposed to call your gym — wasn't necessarily loud, but the ambiance was fun.
Last week's game against Parowan was the White Out game, so the students were color-coded and well entrenched in watching the action and cheering. And compared to the two loud Parowan dads sitting behind me who complained about everything down to the way the referees tied their shoes, the Enterprise fans were positive and just wanted to watch basketball and support their hometown players.
The majority of the credit goes the Enterprise High School Jazz Band. The band's song selection was top notch — Grade A. I'm sad I don't remember what the students played, but I remember loving the choices. I tweeted at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 4, "The song selection by the Enterprise pep band is wonderful." I'm kicking myself for not remembering the specific songs. The kid who played drum set was incredible.
When it was time to get loud, however, the Enterprise fans stepped up. Isaac Wallin and Koden Hunt knocked down a pair of 3-pointers against Parowan in the third quarter to give the Wolves the lead going into the fourth quarter on Wednesday. The fans got loud and rocked the gym, and it matched the spirited frenzy of any Region 9 game.
The most important thing about Enterprise, though, is that it seems like a happy place 100 percent of the time. Granted, I've only visited four times since August. But if first impressions were all that mattered, then Enterprise High School passes the test of being the friendliest school in Washington County.
With two girls basketball games to wrap up the regular season — and the team needing to win at least one of those to make the playoffs — the EHS gym is sure to be a spectacular atmosphere to watch basketball this week.
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