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Walnut Grove Cheer flipped their way into second place last Saturday, the 28th, at the Fear to Cheer competition hosted by Loganville High School.
by Ane'J Beers and Brooklyn Hayes
Walnut Grove Cheer flipped their way into second place last Saturday, the 28th, at the Fear to Cheer competition hosted by Loganville High School. The Grove cheerleaders have been practicing very hard this season, and this high placement showed that their hard work is paying off. They plan on continuing this streak, as they finish off the ‘23-’24 season.
With Fear to Cheer being a very eventful competition, the cheerleaders were very ecstatic about their placement, of second. Although, several believed they could’ve placed higher. “I think if we hit we could have possibly placed first, as well as we could have improved our scores and felt better going into our next comp,” Aniston Hunter (11) explains. Maggie Ezzell (11) adds to this, “If we had hit our routine we would have won first place, so it's a little disappointing now to think about, because overall we were super close to that first placement, especially considering how well our full outs and practices had been going. We’re just going to try and get up from here.”
With the regional competition coming up this weekend, the girls are starting to feel the glorifying pressure. The cheerleaders are amping up their practices this week, by focusing on what they struggled with at Cheer to Fear. Maggie Ezzell states, “I would definitely want us to focus more on our technique, timing, and precision for an overall better score.” Aniston Hunter also shared her input, “The one thing we can do better as a team this week is to go out there and give it our all, and to make sure we have fun while we are performing. Along with making sure we pay attention to the little details of our performance.”
A major part of cheer is mental practice and self-reflection. This also involves self, and group criticism. “Based on last week, I would definitely want us to focus more on our technique, timing, and precision for an overall better score. If we can just pull those together, I believe we could get a high placement this weekend.” Maggie Ezzell exclaims. Aniston Hunter also readily shared her opinion, “One thing I would change from last week's performance is that we would have hit zero, but overall I think we went out there and had fun.”
The cheerleaders are very excited to compete this weekend, and know mentally and physically how to compete. “I am a little worried about this competition because the best cheer teams will be competing as well, but really we’re competing against ourselves, not the other teams, so if we just stay locked in and confident, I think we could go home with a victory.” Maggie Ezzell claims.
This weekend's competition sounds like a performance you won't want to miss. Make sure to come support our Grove Cheerleaders this Saturday, November 4th, at Starr's Mill High School. Sometimes our cheerleaders need their own cheerleaders.
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