Creating posters is an integral part to a fan’s experience at Arch Madness. Many hope to get on the big screen, while others just want to give recognition to players. From Marques Townes to Franklin Agunanne, there were signs for almost every Loyola player.
At the pep rally preceding the Rambler’s semifinal matchup March 9, fans — including the 60 students who traveled as part of the Loyola student package — were eagerly waving their posters in hopes that the player mentioned would see it.
First-year Demetrious Kamiotis made a poster for Townes and while Townes himself didn’t see it, Townes’ mom came over and took a picture of Kamiotis holding the sign.
“I love him and he’s like my best friend,” Kamiotis said. “I wish … but he knows who I am, so that’s good enough for me.”
The 18-year-old made another sign consisting of captions he and his friends found on the players’ Instagram profiles. He said it started with first-year guard Cooper Kaifes captioning a photo “Police comin wee-do-wee.” Kamiotis said he thought the caption was funny and continued his search to find more to decorate the poster.
Kaifes wasn’t just featured on Kamiotis’ sign, but many others. Murphy Cavanaugh, a two-year Rambler fan who has yet to miss a regular season game, made a Kaifes poster with the phrase “Cooper for the 3!” due to his iconic three-point shots. Kaifes went 53-for-113 for a 46.9 percent clip for the season.
“Kaifes is my favorite player,” Cavanaugh, a 19-year-old sophomore, said. “I met him at orientation because I was an orientation leader and I think he’s a fantastic player and he can hit those three-pointers like no other.”
Another common name on fan-made posters was sophomore center Cameron Krutwig. Sophomore Sarah Vincent and her friends made a poster saying “We <3 Cameron Krutwig.”
“We’ve been fans of him since day one since he started playing as a [first-year],” Vincent said. “He adds so much to this team and to this school and we’re just really proud to have him on our team.”
While some fans stuck with the more popular players, sophomore Jennifer Bostwick decided to go with one of the new players on the team: first-year center Agunanne, who she dubbed “Frank the Tank” because of his 6-foot-9-inch 245-pound frame.
“I think [Agunanne] is underrated [and] typically I think fans forget about him,” Bostwick said. “He’s new but he’s making a big impact on the court when he’s in and I think he deserves to be identified as someone who’s doing big things for the team.”
First-year Nick Skipp was a student athlete in high school and said he remembered wanting support when he played. This spurred his decision to make a poster to support all the other players.
His poster didn’t reference any specific players, but one side said “We’re up all night to get LUCky” and the other “#Neverdone” in hopes that the team would repeat its Final Four run from last year.
“LUC works perfectly with lucky, I just thought it was creative and funny,” Skipp said.
First-year Loyola student Ava Pagnucco made a sign in about five minutes calling out Bradley University players during the semifinal game. She said so many teams were out to dethrone Loyola and go on their own magical March run. She said she wanted the Braves to “bring it on” and give Loyola its best shot.
At the time, Pagnucco didn’t know Bradley would eventually end up beating Loyola in the semifinals and advance to the championship game. The Braves would go on to defeat University of Northern Iowa and continue on to the NCAA Tournament, as well.