After a weekend camp put on by Spirit Express the South Stokes cheerleaders are ready to hit the field and do what they do best.
“They’ve been working on their stunts, dance and different techniques,” said coach Teresa Hicks. “They’ve learned a few new cheers but they’ve done a good job defining the existing ones they already know.”
On Friday night, after the Maroon and Gold scrimmage JV and varsity squads were introduced to the crowd. The 2015-16 JV squad is made up of: Ashlyn Hicks (Captain), Ashleigh Washburn (Captain), Mary Beth Wall (Captain), Izzy Fulks, D’Andrea France, India Shaw, Riley McGee, Kaitlyn Kuntz, Matine Haizlip and Kynlee Casper.
The Varsity squad cheerleaders are: Brooke Meadows (Captain), Peyton Sanford (Captain), Sawyer Stanley (Captain), Keleigh Mitchell, Katelyn Kitts, Megan Fournier, Janna Holder, Callie McGee, Lauren Brown, McKenzie Brown, Mariah Witmer, Olivia Golden, Hope Smith, Sydney Combs and Carly Shelton.
Hicks said the girls continue to improve as the season nears and the Saturday, Sunday camp did a good job bringing the two squads together, making them more cohesive.
“There has to be a lot of trust in this sport. You have to trust in the relationships with each other especially when you’re working on stunts,” Hicks said. “These girls have used muscles I don’t think they realized they had over the last couple of days. They’re doing great.”
The coach is relying on her seven seniors for leadership and has been impressed with what she’s seen so far.
“I wish I had another year with this group of girls,” Hicks said. “They bring a lot of leadership and good positive attitudes.”
For those who think cheerleaders aren’t athletes, the coach would disagree.
“Even when the season starts they’ll work up to four days a week. They give everything they have in practice and I’ve told them if they don’t it’ll show up on the field. These girls are definitely athletes,” she said. “They’re also really proud to represent South Stokes.”
Hicks hopes to see the girls reach competition level at some point this year.
“They already have a great foundation and I’d like to see them build off that as they continue to cheer,” she said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.