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From the sidelines

SHS cheer team gets back their numbers after the long-term effects of COVID-19

The football sideline will be louder than years past this upcoming season with the SHS cheer team being so large. The team is finally getting its numbers back after COVID-19 with new people trying the sport for the first time.

“This is my biggest group of girls since I’ve been here …,” head coach Nicky Givens said. “We’re getting back our numbers (and) it’s exciting.”

Givens says that the team has a lot of seniors this year, so utilizing the younger girls has been very important because those are the girls that will eventually be on varsity.

Ever since the pandemic hit, there has been a downtick in numbers on the team.

According to Givens, when her daughter was on the team before the pandemic, the number of girls was around the same as it is now. However, having this many girls on a team is still abnormal.

One of the main reasons for this rise is the amount of incoming freshmen trying out for cheer. This year, Givens estimated that around 12 to 13 girls came from the middle school, which was more than normal.

Due to these increasing numbers, this is the first year they could have three full teams, a freshman, JV and varsity cheer squad, in a while.

Senior cheer captain Ellie Herwehe says she is excited to lead the freshmen this year. Her goal was to make sure everyone was welcome and enjoyed cheering.

A group of cheerleaders laughs as they attempt a lift at practice on Aug. 21. The lift and dismount were successful. (Salem Ortega-Morales)

“I think it’s one of the best years we’ve had so far,” Herwehe said. “… I think it has started better than any of my other years.”

Herwehe says that having more freshmen this year helped create a stronger bond among them, which can help alleviate the nerves that often come with the first year of high school.

In the end, she is looking forward to having a bigger team this year and is more excited than ever.

“I think having a big team is definitely a plus because it’s just a lot more energy,” Herwehe said.

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Aiden Quinlin, Sports Reporter
What's up? My name is Aiden Quinlin and I’m a sports reporter this year. I’m a sophomore and this is my first year on The Journal. I’m on the football team currently, and I’m hoping to be on the baseball team this year as well. I play travel baseball, so my summer is pretty packed. Baseball is my true passion, however, and I could talk with anyone all day about it. As you could imagine, I love working out and lifting weights. I also love to travel and go on trips with friends and family. I’m in a family of four with my mom, dad and sister. One of my biggest problems right now is probably watching too much YouTube. Additionally, I love to play video games even though I’m pretty trash at any game I play. Anyway, this is my first year on The Journal, so go read my stuff!

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