The coach said the squad members have been plagued with illness and injury, people coming and going and having to change their routines as many as three times before taking the floor — once just five minutes before going on to compete.
“And every time they come off the floor they make me cry. They’re just amazing. There’s a lot of good leadership and they love what they do,” she said.
The cheerleaders and the coaches are appreciative of all the community’s support, including their families. Coach Norville said the girl’s moms are always surprising them with little gifts and treats.
The NorthWood team will compete in Class C at 4 p.m.
In Falcon Country, Fairfield coaches Kassidy Crimmins and Corinda Thrapp were also perfecting stunts with their squad in preparation for the state competition. Fairfield competes in Class C competition at 4:24 p.m. Crimmins said the squad didn’t compete last year but did go to state the year before.
Also in Class C, (previously Class 3) like NorthWood, coach Crimmins praised the hard work and dedication of her cheerleaders.
“It’s nice to see all their hard work pay off. The girls sacrifice some of their summer to compete in fair competitions and then the school year gets busy preparing for regional,” she said.
The Falcons have six seniors on their squad and while they have no captain, the girls designated Sidney Fisher their spokesperson. “It’s really exciting,” she said. “The team is so close and we’ve practiced so hard, so to be able to take this team to state is really exciting and it’s our biggest goal.”
When asked about their freshman members and the legacy they’ll be leaving behind, all the seniors became animated.
“This is the first year a lot of them have competed and they really stepped up and surprised us,” Fisher said.