Varsity cheer has had a great start to the year under the leadership of senior captains Katherine Kawaguchi and Ashley Kall. During the summer the team went to a camp in Santa Cruz where they did stunting and dance clinics and learned new sideline routines and chants.
“We won the spirit award at camp this year because we genuinely wanted to be spirited, we were all happy and energetic,” Kall said.
With all the new things the team learned this year at camp, they have new areas of focus this year.
“We are focusing on stunting, we’re trying to really build our progressions and do things that are more intense and difficult so we can wow the crowd with new things,” coach Lynn Currie said.
As captains, Kawaguchi and Kall are responsible for organizing practices, creating all new routines, coordinating all stunts, and creating all cheer dance mixes. They are also in charge of leading all bonding activities within both the junior varsity and varsity squads, and for handling all conflicts that could arise within the team. Their expectations for the team is for everyone to be dedicated and to have fun.
“It feels so weird being varsity captain, I feel like just yesterday I was a freshman looking up to all the varsity cheerleaders,” Kall said.
Kawaguchi expanded on Kall’s comment.
“It’s really fun, Ashley and I were JV captains sophomore year so it’s really nice to lead together this year. Sloan Cimmet and Lexi Monych have been doing cheer with us for all four years and so it’s really exciting to be finishing up high school and cheer together. We’re seniors [so] this is the last everything; it’ll definitely be bittersweet.”
The cheerleading team has many traditions that they uphold and look forward to every year.
“We have a lot of bonding activities, we have JV little sisters, every home game we give our football buddies a balloon and some candy or Gatorade, and right before the Little Big Game we preview our halftime dance routine for the football team because they don’t get to see it on the actual day,” Kall said.
The coach and captains agree that they are most excited for the Little Big Game.
“We want to get everyone involved and super spirited in the Panther Pit and in the stands,” Kawaguchi said.
The team will be cheering at the next home football game against Sacred Heart Prep on September 30 at 7 p.m., so make sure to come out and show your support.