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Cheerleading Club makes abrupt comeback
BY OLIVIA WERNER
Have no fear, Guilford College
sports fans: the cheerleading team
has reemerged. Growing in size,
talent and versatility, the newly
assembled team is ready to bring
Quaker spirit back to Guilford
"They bring an extra spark to
the game," said junior linebacker
Rampage Smith. "The cheers help
bring life to the crowd."
In, comparison to recent years,
many aspects of the team have
changed, like the addition of new
members, the emphasis on dance,
the absence of coaches and their
classification as a club.
"We figured we had more
opportunities as a club than an
athletic team, and we wanted it to
be student-led," said sophomore
and cheer team captain Abbie
Gregory in an email interview.
"We had already been dropped
from the athletics department
over the summer, so becoming a
club sport was the only way to
Since advisors are necessary
for all clubs, Gregory approached
Assistant Dean of Career and
Community Learning Alan
Mueller last spring.
While Mueller does not have
cheerleading experience, he does
understand leadership, so he
agreed to take the position.
Along with advising the cheer
team, Mueller is working on
restarting the pep band, and he
plans to unify the groups.
"One of the reasons I agreed is
because we (the pep band) play
at most of the home basketball
games, and the cheerleaders
play, too, so it's natural to be
collaborating," said Mueller. "But
you're not going to see me doing
In transition to a club, the team
lost their coaches. As the only
remaining member from last year,
Gregory stepped up as captain.
She leads practices and calls out
routines during performances.
The team has increased to 12
women compared to last year's
five. Of the current roster, seven
are first-year students while five
They are still open to new
members, especially men who can
assist in partner stunts.
"We have a lot of freshmen
who are really excited about
supporting sports and supporting
our school," said sophomore
cheerleader Dakota McHenry.
A few team members have
Sophomore Abbie Gregory (back) and first-year Sara Pearson cheer.
Despite facing some challenges, the cheerleading team has grown in size and hopes to perform at many sporting events.
previous cheer experience, while
others have backgrounds in
dance. This motivated Gregory to
transform the squad into a dance-
"During practice, we do any
number of activities from working
on jumps, reviewing chants,
learning new chants and learning
new eight-count dances," said
Stunts are introduced during
practice, but due to their lack of
coaching staff, the team must
draw from their most skilled
teammates' past experiences.
"It's kind of like doing a trust-
fall exercise," said sophomore
cheerleader Valerie Denogean.
"You have to trust them if you're
going to let them push you up
into the air."
So far, the team has performed
at four home football games and
will continue performing at home
games. Unfortunately, their lack
of funding makes traveling to
away games difficult. Moving
forward, they hope to perform at
both men's and women's sporting
"My favorite part of
performing is seeing a lot of
representation from the Guilford
community united and excited
about the game," said first-year
cheerleader Jocelyn Foshay in an
email interview. "It's awesome to
feel the energy of the crowd and
see all of them come support our
While highly successful in
operation, the team has faced
some difficulties in terms of
money, uniforms and equipment.
Due to a strict budget, they did
not have enough money to buy
new uniforms and are currently
using uniforms procured from
past seasons. The team would also
benefit from more practice mats.
Still, the cheerleading team was
able to get back on their feet this
season after losing three of their
five members to graduation. The
team's existence can be credited
to Gregory, who began devising a
plan to make the team possible in
"I'm really proud of us," said
Gregory. "We've come a long way
since the beginning of this year
and last year.
"There wasn't going to be a
cheerleading program unless we
made it happen."
Want to join the
Email Captain Abbie
Gregory for more
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