Every high school has their specialty sport. While John Glenn High School may not be the best at football, when it comes to basketball, other teams better watch out. The cheer squad helps boost the teams and crowds spirits to push them to win. The basketball team was really good this year, so when we would cheer the crowd would join in even if it wasnt a close game, said senior cheerleader Lundy Lowry.
When the team wins or loses by a lot, many wonder how the cheerleaders stay motivated. The fans, student section, and the hard work of the players, helps me feel motivated to cheer on my team, said senior cheerleader Kirsten Rogers.
But the cheer squad does more than just cheer on the boys; they also have competitions of their own. The competition team practiced extra hours, and they went to the nautilus gym to practice on a spring floor, said cheerleading coach Lindsey Abbott.
After a lot of preparation the squad competed in January. I think that the competition team performed pretty well at competitions. We didnt win, but we know how hard we worked and we all improved, so it was worth it, said Lowry.
Since the team didnt perform as well as planned, they set goals as they look forward to next year. Our goal for next year is to qualify for the OASSA state competition. I also plan to involve more of the student body on the spirit side of cheerleading, said Abbott. Our student section is the most supportive in the MVL at football and basketball games, I want to spread the enthusiasm to other sports.
This year the cheer squad went through a change in coaches and was still able to stick together as a team. Our team went through a lot of changes this year, and Im really proud at the way we all stuck together, said Lowry.
With a change in coaches and the new coach gone on maternity leave, many wonder how managing the squad was possible. Coach Woodard, Abbey Brooks, and Susan Larson helped make it possible for me [to coach] when I couldnt be at two places at once, said Abbott. Hadley [Abbotts newborn daughter] enjoyed all the games except for the loud atmosphere at Philo, so it made it easier.
Since the season is over, the girls take with them many fond memories. My favorite memory of this season was being the only team undefeated in the MVL since 2002, said junior cheerleader Hallie Zimmer, and being MVL Champs for the third year in a row.