The South Loup Bobcat Cheer squad was chosen on Saturday, April 30th during their annual tryouts. The following 11 girls were chosen for next year's cheer team after they demonstrated they had met the requirements. They are: Tatum Cool, Angelina Harter, Olivia Paulsen, Hannah Pearson, Jennifer Barraza, Lucy Kimball, Madison Merritt, Amanda Harrison, Lydia Connell, Vayle Berger, and Jorgey Dauel.
The tryouts were a culmination of a busy week of practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (two nights in Callaway and one in Arnold) and then tryouts in Callaway on Saturday at 2 p.m. Judges were brought in from Broken Bow to judge the girls on one individual cheer and on their performance in two group cheers. The school districts agreed that there would be no limit of cheerleaders from each school to include on the squad, so there could have been more cheerleaders from one school than the other. As it turned out, there are 5 from Arnold and 6 from Callaway.
"With a larger squad, it will let those of us who are athletes participate and still have a cheer squad out there for the team," said Tatum Cool. "We are looking forward to making cheerleading more fun. We want to do more for pep rallies, planning for homecoming week, decorating more, possibly finding a fight song, and having more fun at home games."
Madison Merritt agreed and added that it would be fun to involve the mascot more with the crowd, to dance at more half-time games, and just be more visible."
Mr. Morgan, who helped with cheer tryouts due to Ms. Batenhorst's illness, said he "enjoyed the experience. I liked watching the team come together and be supportive of each other."
The next two weeks will be action-packed. They will be getting together to choose uniforms and plan fundraisers. Their new cheer sponsor will be Ms. Carissa Batenhorst who said, "I am really looking forward to next year and planning for a lot of fun events with the girls."
They are also planning to hold a 3-day camp before the school year starts with some help from some Broken Bow sponsors. They plan to use the camp time to practice and get ready for the year. "We want to make cheerleading a priority and to be a really good squad, strong, well-built, and supportive of each other," said Lydia Connell.
Posted on Mon, May 2, 2016
by Nicole Badgley