MOORLAND: Linda Byrne
Southeast Valley’s No. 1 fan
MOORLAND — Anyone who goes to a Southeast Valley Jaguars game might notice a familiar face in the crowd.
The players may see her cheering them on, while fellow fans might spot her taking pictures.
That woman is Linda Byrne, who attends nearly every game the Southeast Valley Jaguars host in the southern Webster County area.
Byrne can’t give an exact number to the amount of games she’s been to, but it’s quite a bit.
“A lot,” she said. “Hundreds.”
Her interest in the Jaguars can be traced back to her own school days.
“Back when I was in high school, I loved sports really well,” she said. “And I know a lot of the kids and I’ve always liked it ever since.”
At every Jaguars game, Byrne can be seen in the crowds cheering on the players, and can also be spotted with her camera taking pictures of amazing plays, memorable moments on the field and of the players themselves.
“(I love to) watch them succeed,” Byrne said. “I know a lot of the parents and the fans.”
Over the years, she’s become a staple of the games. She said that everybody associated with the Jaguars knows who she is.
Her support of the team doesn’t go unnoticed. Byrne said she has a lifetime pass for every Jaguars game.
The players also enjoy being around Byrne. She’s received graduation invitations from players and thank you notes from them as well.
But Byrne doesn’t just support Southeast Valley. She can also be seen in her hometown of Moorland volunteering for anything and everything.
“I help in the town of Moorland with street dances and different park board things and I volunteer to help,” she said. “I volunteer for the Pumpkin Fest every October.”
In fact, Byrne said there is nothing in town that she hasn’t volunteered for.
“I help take pictures at the street dance and take pictures at the Pumpkin Fest and help out around town,” she said.
One of Byrne’s proudest moments with volunteering in Moorland was when she helped remodel the Moorland Community Center.
Working with the Moorland Park Board, Byrne spent two years cleaning up the aging gymnasium which had previously been a part of the now-demolished Moorland school.
The project included replacing windows along the south wall of the gym, a new furnace, and foam insulation sprayed across the vast wooden ceiling.
Volunteers, including Byrne, also helped paint the ceiling.
Today, the gym is rented out for events.
Byrne embraces volunteering.
“I believe that volunteering is a great thing and it gets you involved in the community,” she said. “It’s important to get involved in the community you live in.”