Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville’s cheer squad is working toward competing this winter and will be engaging crowds before then with a variety of cheers and stunts. Pictured are (from left): back row, freshman Emily Mundell, junior Debbie Webb, sophomore Hunter Robinson, freshman Beverly Callihan and junior Cierra Mundell; and front row, freshman Kaylee Doughty, juniors Jillian Hausladen and Hailey Cass and senior Meagan Holman. Not pictured: Parker Walters and Bella Klapprich.
As of Thursday, August 31, 2017
“This year, with the additions of a few extra people, we now have the personnel to have safety spotters on the team on the field for some really great partner stunting and pyramids,” GHS cheerleaders head coach Renita Lee said. “We’re going to be able to do build-ups, which is exciting.”
GHS has 11 out for cheerleading this fall, and Lee has big plans.
“The crowd will see a variety of new basket tosses they didn’t see last year,” she said, “and we’re trying to emphasize simple-to-follow cheers and getting the entire crowd involved.”
She called her squad “extremely talented,” and highlighted a summer clinic the Bulldogs participated in out of the University of Idaho.
“The were like, ‘wow, you guys are really good this year,’” Lee said. “Now that we have such an athletic group of kids, with really strong bases in Parker Walters and Hunter Robinson and Jillian Hausladen, we’re able to do a lot more thrilling types of stunts.”
The growth in numbers also figures to help Grangeville compete during the cheer competition season, which runs mainly during the winter.
“Every day is another one closer to our own chance to go to state in February,” she said. “Competition season starts in November and it starts with privately-hosted competitions where schools like Orofino, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Lakeland and others go to and host every year.”
The competitions feature events in a variety of categories ranging from five-man stunts to floor routines to the individual jump competition.
“Last year, Hunter Robinson won the 1A-5A freshman-sophomore boys individual jump competition at our district’s state qualifier,” Lee said. “Competitive cheer is physically demanding and I think I have three partner stunt groups with a viable shot at winning state.”