As of Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Grangeville High cheer squad is amping up, and sophomore Jillian Hausladen, daughter of first-year coach Renita Lee, is in the thick of it.
“It’s a lot harder than it was last year,” she said. “Last year, we had pretty easy practices and mostly focused on learning the words to cheers. This year, the coach is making everyone’s movements be exactly the same.”
Fans who have attended Bulldog games so far have seen another big difference in the way the squad performs.
“We’re doing stunts this year,” Hausladen said. “We have stunting practice, and that gets pretty intense.”
That has the squad working not only on mastering new physical moves, but on trusting each other.
“Probably the hardest thing is trusting each other, because if we don’t, someone is going to hesitate and something bad could happen.”
Hausladen is a base, and it’s the bases who most often end up taking the brunt of any falls.
“The flyers mostly get to land on top of us,” she said.
Hausladen said the squad is looking toward competition in 2017.
“The little things count,” she said. “You can get docked points if your pony tails are different.”
Hausladen has competed for her mom’s teams before.
“She’s always been tough on the teams she’s coached, like Babe Ruth baseball and AAU basketball,” she said. “All my brothers played Babe Ruth. It didn’t matter what position they wanted to play, just what they were good at.”
The squad has kept the home crowds fired up so far.
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