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Truckee High cheerleading jumps ahead

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Provided to the SunThe Truckee High cheerleading squad, back row, left to right, are Miranda Baker, Myra Gunter, Cassey Church and Roxanne Jackson. Middle row, left to right: Alicia Espinoza, Amanda Peratrovich, Jessica Brown, Ruby Xochihua and Marisol Espinosa. Front row, left to right: Shawna Linhart and Tracey Gilmore. Foreground, left to right: Senior team captains Caitlin Thomas and Briana Whitten.

During previous years, Truckee High School’s cheerleading team has rarely seen this much respect and support. Thanks to the recruitment efforts put in by senior captains Caitlin Thomas and Briana Whitten, the team now has 10 new freshman faces.

“It has taken so much hard work by both Caitlin and myself to attain the respect that this team deserves,” Whitten said. “We have had to show people that we are a real team and we don’t just jump around in skirts and scream. We have practice almost every day, we have extensive stunt conditioning programs and we all work hard to achieve our goals every week.”

Thomas had this to say about the squad:

“I’m really happy for the freshmen girls. They won’t have to go through the wall that Truckee students had up against cheerleaders. It was hard. So many times we wanted to quit, but all that work paid off.

“There were times before football games that Briana and I wouldn’t even leave the school until well after eleven o’clock at night, painting run-throughs or banners for the football team,” Thomas continued. “I am happy that for my senior year we finally have a real big team with a bunch of fun girls. We have definitely earned the respect we have now.”

In 2004 Truckee finished the season with six cheerleaders. The dedicated group of girls went through some tough times, but it paid off when they took a trip to Las Vegas to help cheer on the Wolverines to a 28-0 victory over Moapa Valley for the Nevada 3A State Championship.

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In 2005 the cheerleading squad dwindled to just four girls, including this year’s team captains. Once again the girls persevered and put on a great halftime show for the hundreds of fans who witnessed the Wolverines win their second straight State Championship, 37-14, over Virgin Valley.

“The girls are doing a great job,” Jenny Ross, a former Truckee High cheerleader and 2006 graduate, said of this year’s squad. “I kind of wish I hadn’t graduated early, so I could be on the team this year.”

Freshman team member Ruby Xochihua said, “It feels great to be part of such an enthusiastic and fun group of girls. This season has been challenging but rewarding. Cheerleading has been an unforgettable experience, and I would recommend others get involved.”

The squad intends to compete in the Nevada State Cheer Competitions held in early 2007. For more information about the squad, contact Charity Brown at 205-6053 or Judy Gilmore at 587-3323.