As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Grangeville junior Parker Walters is one Bulldog athlete taking on two winter activities this month.
He’s set to continue cheerleading, as he did this fall, and when wrestling starts up later this month, he’s set to take that on as well. What do these activities have in common?
Both are heavy on technique.
“And you have your team and your individual stuff,” Walters said. “You score as a team for trophies, but you also wrestle for yourself and it’s kind of the same with cheer. You have everything with your team, but you also have partner stunting where you get to show off.”
“Cheerleading this fall was pretty fun,” he said. “It started out as just something I could do with my time, but I ended up having a bunch of fun with it.”
He said two of his friends — current GHS student Hunter Robinson and 2017 alum TJ Wiltse — had both enjoyed cheerleading.
It involves an every other day time commitment during the fall and “it’s basically just going in and doing our stunts and doing strength training.”
Coach Renita Lee has the cheerleaders lifting weights to get physically stronger and practicing their techniques.
“They have really weird names,” Walters said. “Full-downs and full-ups and throw-to-hands, which is where you toss a girl up in the air and catch her feet.”
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ wrestling season is soon to accelerate. Practice started Nov. 13, and Walters said the squad is getting their room in order.
“I’m hoping to place at state,” he said, “but it should be fun no matter what.”
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