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Varsity cheer team competes in Clovis West Showcase

Cayla Rivas | The Feather Online

The varsity cheer team will compete at Clovis West High School, Feb. 10.

Throughout the school year, sports are constantly active. Students engage with their teammates in fall and winter sport seasons. Besides fans, who are at very single game cheering on our FC sport teams? The dedicated cheerleaders.

Over summer, the cheerleaders condition and prepare for upcoming season but they also have to prepare for a season of their own. Cheer competition season takes a lot of hard work and focus.

The cheer competition coming up Feb. 10, 2018, is the Clovis West Showcase. Schools around the Clovis/Fresno area will be performing a cheer routine, while combining intensity with smooth gracefulness.

The FC cheer squad has been preparing for this moment for a long time. They practice four, five and even six times a week. Their routine is full of talent and they are hoping to bring their best to Clovis West.

Coach Hope Villines of the FC cheer squad has prepared the team for this moment. She has trained this team and she shared how talented and hard-working our FC cheer squads are.

“Cheer competition is our playoffs and even as we travel down in the next week with our junior high team that’s like our championship,” Villines said. “This is what we have worked for all year. This is what the blood, the sweat, the tears, honestly all of that and the routine that we’ve paid for that they’ve had to perfect. It all comes down to these next few weeks of competition.”

“We have to be strong mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually to pull off a very strong competition routine,” Villines continued. “We’ve had our ups and downs this team becuase it is such a challenge. But if it were easy everybody would do it. Just like with other sports, you got very strong and educated athletes and I think that all three teams coming from Fresno Christian including my FPU team, were ready. Were ready as were going to be. But I can tell you, something magical happens when our cheer teams hit the mat at competition. They come to life in a way that we don’t get to see on our practice mat.”

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The FC junior high cheer team will also be participating in the competition.

The routine this year is full of cheering and dancing. The cheerleaders will try to impress the judges and crowd with their school and cheer spirit. There will be music and the mat will be flowing with activity where the cheerleaders hope to give it all, competing against other schools.

Brynlee Schmidt, ‘21, will be competing in her first competition in high school cheer. She is ready to bring her best to the showcase along with the rest of the team.

“My favorite part about ‘comp’. is the bond that it creates between everyone,” Schmidt said, “because of how much time we spend together and how hard we work. And getting to learn the routine. The hardest part is the practice and trying to make sure the stunts hit. We have just had extra practices and had to work really hard to make sure we’re ready for the comp.”

Come out and support your lady eagles as they compete in the Clovis West Showcase. They will begin around 12:45 p.m. Go Eagles!

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