Story by Emma Harper
There is one minute left in the game, tied 53-54. It’s the championship, the crowd is going crazy! The cheerleaders are freaking out and screaming cheers as loud as they can. Clay has the ball, he shoots… HE SCORES!!
Eighth grade basketball cheer is coached by Mrs. Smith. Coach Smith also worked with Carmel Dad’s Club Pups Cheerleading. There are some similarities between Carmel Dad’s Club Cheerleading and Clay Cheerleading, but there are definitely some differences.
“I would say with Pups there is not as much stunting as there is at Clay, but the cheers and chants are all very similar.”
Smith coached Pups for seven years and has been coaching at Clay for four years.
In order to make the team, girls had to tryout. Tryouts were stressful for the girls. Bella Smith, eighth grade, participated in seventh grade football and basketball cheer and did eighth grade football this past fall. She is now in the process of doing eighth grade basketball cheer, as well.
In order to tryout, the cheerleaders need to showcase their skills.
“You have to know two chants, one cheer, jumps, and tumbling,” she said. Tryouts are a total of two days. The first day you learn all of the cheers and chants. The second day is the day students officially tryout.
“We judged this year on motions, loud voice, and how much spirit they had,” Smith said.
Maddie Stephens, eighth grade, tried out for the team, also. She has been cheering for six years. She did Pups Cheer and seventh and eighth grade football and basketball cheer. She also did Indiana Elite Competition cheer last year. Stephens said she will would like to cheer for Guerin in high school as well. Stephens and Smith both agreed that their favorite part of cheerleading is stunting and being with their friends.
They made their eighth grade cheering debut Tuesday, Nov. 15, when the basketball teams competed against Mount Vernon at home.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.