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Cheer team places sixth at districts

Cheer team places sixth at districts

Jorge Garcia

January 13, 2017


Filed under Cheerleading, Sports

With pom poms in their hands and red and black sequined bows in their hair, the cheerleaders feel anxious to perform. But before going onto the mat, they gather in a circle, join hands and bow their heads. They pray. "God we're not asking for much," senior Pearl Obioha said, "but we're asking you to...

Sole male cheerleader changes team’s dynamic

Sole male cheerleader changes team’s dynamic

Jacob Thornton

October 8, 2016


Filed under Cheerleading, Fall Sports, Sports

Under the Friday night lights, the football team is strapping on last minute gear, but on the sidelines, the cheer squad is firing up the crowd, but with a new addition: junior Dioscar Montesino. Montesino had never done cheer prior to this season. He said that “before gymnastics, [he] was between...

Chip in to cheer

Chip in to cheer

Tegan Smith

September 15, 2016


Filed under Cheerleading, Fall Sports, Sports

Pom poms and tumbling mats do not come cheap. The fee for each of the 13 varsity cheerleaders is $844. The price also covers the cost of uniforms, practice clothes, shoes and camp. The main reason for this year’s steep fee was the five-day cheer camp at the University of Central Florida. The camp alone...

New cheer coaches bring charisma

Jorge Garcia

September 24, 2015


Filed under Cheerleading, Fall Sports, Sports

They stand on the track, tired and sweaty from cheering in the unforgiving sun. The cheerleaders decide to take a break. Their coaches think otherwise. “Get back in your lines!” the coaches yell. “Who’s the coach here and who’s the cheerleader?” Their screaming can be heard fro...

Cheerleaders support team against King

Paige Hill

October 10, 2013


Filed under Cheerleading, Fall Sports, Multimedia, Photo Galleries, Sports

After a long Hillsborough touchdown at the game against King, the Terrier cheerleading squad breaks into a cheer of “Go Big Red!” The Hillsborough varsity cheerleaders have 30 total cheers but stick to about 15. Any of the cheerleaders can decide what cheer they will call but it depends on...

From headlocks to handstands

From headlocks to handstands

Kourtney Melendi, Staff Writer

September 25, 2013


Filed under Cheerleading, Fall Sports, Sports

Most high school boys spend hours in the gym to stay in shape for an upcoming sports season. Senior Michael Williams and sophomore Marcus Heyder train differently. When they aren’t rolling around the floor wrestling, they’re lifting girls, working on technique and cheering on the football players...

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