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The cheerleading squad adjusts to new coaching changes this season

Haley Crawford jon jee Staff Published: September 28, 2011 9:52 AM
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The John Glenn Muskies cheerleading squad is making some changes this year with their new coach, Lindsay Abbott. Even though the coaching change was abrupt, the girls are overcoming the bumps in the road as they adjust to a new coach this season.

The trouble started in early August at one of their practices when former coaches Kelli Williams and Shannon Fitzgerald broke to the girls that they were resigning. Through the tears and sorrow, the girls finally got their act together when new Coach Abbott took charge.

The girls have their own opinions on how they feel about the new changes. I think its making the team closer because we all are the only ones that are still here and we depend on each other, said senior cheerleader Megan Heacock.

Coach Abbott has her own thoughts on the girls. All the girls have had positive attitudes at practices and games. They genuinely seem enthusiastic and excited to participate in team events, said Abbott.

Like any other team, the cheerleaders have set their own goals to get the crowd at football games more actively involved and to be more involved in the community. Some of the girls have also set goals for themselves. My goal is to keep my grades up and to cheer louder, said senior cheerleader Kirsten Rogers.

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The girls plan on building another competition team this year, and Abbott has a lot in mind for this years squad. Once we learn the new chorography at the end of the month, we will begin to perfect it. Hopefully by December, we will be ready for competition season, said Abbott.

Though the girls were close with their old coach, they look forward to the season with their new coach. Shes really striving for us to do well, and I think we will be better for the competition team as well, said senior cheerleader Lundy Lowry.

The team plans on participating in the Zanesville High School competition. The cheerleaders also plan on hosting one here at John Glenn in February.

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