By: Baylee VanKirk, Audra Thomas, Kelsey Shamblin, and Tyler Barickman
Fall Friday nights are filled with excitement in Jackson County. The Ripley Memorial Stadium fills up with fans anxious to watch football. The players are important, but the crowd would not be as nearly excited without those cheerleaders yelling their hearts out to get the crowd amped up.
Coach Kelli Fisher and her cheerleaders work hard all summer to perfect all of the cheers that you hear at the games. With 18 girls coming out this year for the squad, the youth look for leadership. They are led by five seniors: Captain Kelsey Casto, Co-Captains Ali King, Regan Parsons, then Reese Gandee, and Daryn King.
“The squad looks good this year. We have new and old faces around to keep it balanced,” stated Casto.
Having new girls this year means they will have harder stunting and more tumbling than last year. This adds excitement to what you will see on the sidelines.
“I like it a lot. We get more done than in middle school. There are better cheers” says freshman Haley Carson.
Cheering is not the only thing these girls do on Fridays. Six members of the team are also in the band, and one runs cross country. It takes time and dedication to do both of these activities. Cheerleaders are looked up to by the little girls who attend the games, and our cheerleaders show great spirit and pride!
Watch for these girls on Friday nights, either home or away, to keep the fans into the game. Also they compete in November for conference and regionals. They will be with you all season to keep you entertained during the game.