“I don’t think people realize how hard we work,” senior cheer captain Gina Bono said. “We throw girls up in the air and have to catch them.”
The cheer team kicked off the year with a new coach and multiple new athletes and have come a long way since then.
The team started the season with only two out of 14 girls being able to do a back hand spring and ended with eight able to.
“These girls are truly athletes,” coach Kelli Wiseman said. “Cheerleading has been put on the back burner, but it is a sport.”
The team values how close they are. This past summer they went to camp to get to know each other and continued to do team bonding activities throughout the season. They have been able to learn to trust one another and have become more like a family than individuals.
“We really communicate with each other, and when we are down we pick ourselves up,” freshman Aniyah Martinez said.
As a tight knit team, the cheerleaders are ready to take the competitive season by storm.
“I would like to get somewhere around fourth this year in the competitive cheer competition,” team captain Bono said.
Setting their sights high coming into the next season is going to be a group effort, and the cheer team hopes to see more support from the student body.
During the sideline season, the cheer team set out to unify the students and the cheer team by inviting people down to participate in cheers. The team hopes to see this support carry over into their competitive season.
“We are going to have a competition at home this year, and it would be great to see some student support,” Wiseman said.