Cheer flies high as they enter winter season

Isabel Taylor, Sports Editor

As football season has come to a close, cheer has kicked off their winter competition season. The team performs at basketball games, along with competing against other schools.
“Competitive season is more serious, practices are longer, and more intense because we’re actually going against people,” said Janiah Anderson, junior.
The girls practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with basketball games Tuesdays and Fridays.
“Definitely a goal we have is to go to state, and to be a family and have that family aspect in a team. We want to have a tight family bond,” Anderson said.
From the sidelines to the mats, the girl’s transition from a more relaxed fall season to an intense training competition winter season. The girls also must travel and compete on select Saturdays throughout the winter.
“When you’re on the team for sideline season you’re doing it to cheer on the football team, but when you cheer for basketball you’re also a team yourself, so we work a lot on our own practices, building our routines, versus sidelines,” Anna Layne, junior, said.
Layne has been a member of the team since her freshman year, cheering in both football and basketball season.
“I really like the adrenaline you get when you’re out competing. I feel like SuperMan, and I feel like I’m not going to get tired, and even if I am, something comes over me where I want to keep pushing,” said Layne.
Cameron Terry, freshman, is entering her first competition season on the varsity team. One of her goals for the season is to bond with her team as she kicks off her first season on competition.
“I’m looking forward to competing, and working towards making it to state,” Terry said.
Paige Visnevac, the head coach, is in her first year leading the team, as she was assistant coach for two years prior. Her goals for the season, just like her students, are for the girls to have fun, and remain focused.She said the drive to work hard and do well is a strength her team showcases, as they put in countless hours at practice and outside of practice to reach their goals.
“Coaching this team has been really fun. We had our ups and downs just like every other team, but we are able to pull through though to be back on top,” said Visnevac. “I love seeing these girls accomplish the goals they set for the year.”
The competitions provide feedback on how their routine might score at sectionals, since the same rubric is used. They need to place in the top five at sectionals to advance to state finals, which would be a huge accomplishment.
“I can sense the hard-work this year, and that we all want state, and it’s become very noticeable that we are all willing to put in the effort,” Layne said.