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Cheerleaders get in spirit

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

Former TTHS cheerleader Teri Brown McKinney is back on the sidelines at Tahoe-Truckee High School, looking to breathe some life into a crumbling spirit squad. The 2000/2001 season ended for the Wolverine cheerleaders with several girls having quit the team due to internal conflicts .

The resignation of former Coach Tina Suter opened the door for McKinney to take the helm just before tryouts in April. With only three members of this year’s team willing to return, McKinney had her work cut out for her.

“It was definitely a task to recruit girls back to cheering. We are going to work really hard this summer and next year to get back to being a team of athletes and competing on a higher level,” said McKinney.

The Wolverine Spirit Squad, as the team is now called, is comprised of the cheer team and the dance team, though the two will practice and compete independently of one another. Twenty-two girls tried out for next year’s cheer squad and 12 girls and two mascots made the final cut.

Just returning from a spring clinic with USA (United Spirit Association), the 14-member squad will be working throughout the summer to improve their skills and cohesiveness as a team as well as to do some much-needed fund-raising.

McKinney and her team will be working the Lions Club Rummage sale and the Home and Building Show this weekend to raise funds for uniforms, camps and transportation. They will also be holding bake sales and car washes throughout the summer to finance their trip to camp at UC Santa Cruz at the end of June.

“Our goal is to compete in Regionals next March and in order to do that we had to change a few things. We have stricter rules and a tougher schedule than before. There is a lot of work to do this summer as a new team, but we will be ready in the fall,” added McKinney.

The newly-formed cheer squad will be lending themselves out to good causes in the area in return for fund-raising, and anyone interested can contact McKinney at (530) 582-6994.


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