HALL OF FAME
Small Varsity Cheerleading Squad Article
November 11, 2010Bardstown High School
GO! FIGHT! WIN!
Bardstown High School Cheerleaders Win First Competition
By Sarah Hagan
The crowd gathers in the bleachers as the battle for victory intensifies. Lights beat down as they blind wide open eyes. Sweat trickles down the sides of panting faces. Breath comes in short, savored breaths as competition drags on late in the day. Spectators hold their breaths in anticipation. Such is the way of competitive cheerleading competitions.
Sports... what are they? The Webster's Dictionary defines sports as: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. When we think of athletics, sports like football or basketball come to mind. Rarely does one's mind wander to cheerleading. Often times, students consider cheerleading as a bunch of girls running around in skirts and waving their hands in the air. How wrong those students are.
Cheerleading is a serious and intense competition. Cheerleaders must practice and memorize routines over a rigorous and strenuous six months. They must remain in peak physical condition by core strengthening workouts, running, which increases stamina for routines, and lifting in order to stay strong while performing stunts during competition. Even more, cheerleaders must practice and excel in many different types of gymnastics.
Bardstown High School's cheer squad is no exception. “We attended cheerleading camp in the end of August,” Haylee Dennison, a senior and cheer captain, states, “and once we came back we began practicing our routine over, and over, and over again. ”
On October 30th, 2010, at 12:06, the Bardstown small varsity cheer squad's hard work paid off... in full. In their first time attending the All Star Fall Cheer and Dance Classic, a grueling competition that began at nine o'clock in the morning, the Bardstown cheerleaders became clear front-runners for the win. “We didn't even get to perform with the music until two weeks before the competition date!” Dennison goes on to say. The judges graded each competing squad on lifts, tumbling passes, dances and showmanship. After tallying the points of all of the competitors, the judges were finally able to announce the winners of the competition. Bardstown High School's small varsity cheerleaders were able clench an exciting and well deserved victory.
“I feel like this competition,” Dennison says , “is a preview of how productive and successful our small varsity's cheerleading season will be. I'm excited to see how our season will turn out.”
Sprained ankles, broken wrists and jammed fingers are just some of the hurdles so many cheerleaders face. The prospect of falling due to a faulty base is a fear that all flyers must overcome. Tumblers must perform their stunts with acute accuracy or face the wrath of judges and coaches. Cheerleading is not for the faint of heart.
When America thinks of sports, the popular pastimes like football enter the mind. Sports, the intense and at times dangerous activity, are what could be called a staple of American culture. Don't fall victim to the terrible and unfortunate mindset that cheerleading isn't a true sport.
Congratulations to our Bardstown cheer squad. Great job ladies!