Cheerleaders bring spark, provide energy for South

Cheerleaders bring spark, provide energy for South

TITAN PRIDE: Senior cheerleaders Courtney Zytek and Jordan Altit keep the GBS student section pumped up during a home football game. South’s cheerleaders serve as the chief motivators at GBS sporting events.

Kelly Anderson, staff writer

Explode! Ignite! Our Titan team is dynamite. The Titan cheerleaders are one of the many sources of spirit at GBS.

Cheerleading has a longer season than most sports at GBS and is made up of football and competition season. Football season is cheering at the GBS varsity football games. At the beginning of the game, the cheerleaders lead the team out through the tunnel and start the fight song on the track.

“At football games…we’re supporting our team and getting the crowd motivated…” senior captain Kaylee Sherman said.

Competition season starts in December. A choreographer is hired for competition season and the squad proves how hard they’ve been working all year, according to senior captain Rosie Nash.

“[The] routine…incorporates dance, stunting skills…and cheers,” Sherman said.

According to coach Stephanie Fuja, a lot has been changed from past years. The cheerleading program at GBS when she first arrived consisted of no more than 6 girls with minimal skills. Currently there are 24 girls on the varsity squad.

“[There’s] great interest in the program,” Fuja said. “Every year our skills improve.”

According to Sherman, there is a lot of new talent on the team and Fuja says there was a tumbling requirement this year for the varsity team, which really set standards high.

Going to State is the biggest goal this season, according to Nash. The squad plans to be in five competitions this year.

“We’re really hoping to score [and perform] really well this year,” Fuja said.

Fuja expects to see an improvement of skills from where the squad started through competition season.

“Every year it’s planned to do better than the year before and to execute everything to our fullest potential, and to increase our scores,” said Fuja.

According to Nash, the squad needs to work as a team, and that comes with practice

“Cheerleading is [a sport] that you have to work together…and it won’t work individually,” said Nash.

This year’s team is filled with girls that are determined and wanting to succeed according to Fuja. She believes their hard work is going to pay off.

“[The squad] has a chance to go to state for the first time in GBS history,” Fuja said. “Every year we’ve been improving and getting better…I think this year is our year.”

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“Explode! Ignite! Our Titan team is dynamite.” The Titan cheerleaders are one of the many sources of spirit at GBS.

Cheerleading has a longer season than most sports at GBS and is made up of football and competition season. Football season consists of cheering at the GBS varsity football games. At the beginning of the game, the cheerleaders lead the team out through the tunnel and start the fight song on the track.

“At football games […] we’re supporting our team and getting the crowd motivated,” senior captain Kaylee Sherman said.

Competition season starts in December. A choreographer is hired for competition season and the squad proves how hard they’ve been working all year, according to senior captain Rosie Nash. The competition routine is combination of dance, stunting skills and cheers, according to Sherman.

According to head coach Stephanie Fuja, a lot has been changed from past years. The cheerleading program at GBS when she first arrived consisted of no more than six girls with minimal skills. Currently there are 24 girls on the varsity squad.

“[There’s] great interest in the program,” Fuja said. “Every year our skills improve.”

According to Sherman, there is a lot of new talent on the team and Fuja says there was a tumbling requirement this year for the varsity team, which really set standards high.

Going to the state competition is the biggest goal this season, according to Nash. The squad plans to be in five competitions this year.

“We’re really hoping to score [and perform] really well this year,” Fuja said.

Fuja expects to see an improvement of skills from where the squad started through competition season.

“Every year it’s planned to do better than the year before and to execute everything to our fullest potential and to increase our scores,” said Fuja.

According to Nash, the squad needs to work as a team, and that skill comes with practice

“Cheerleading is [a sport] that you have to work together […] and it won’t work individually,” said Nash.

This year’s team is filled with girls that are determined and wanting to succeed, according to Fuja. She believes their hard work is going to pay off.

“[The squad] has a chance to go to State for the first time in GBS history,” Fuja said. “Every year we’ve been improving and getting better […] I think this year is our year.”