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Homecoming celebration this weekend

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

Homecoming weekend will return to Surprise Stadium this Saturday, complete with traditional floats, royalty, marching bands, football games and cheerleaders. While the Truckee Cheer Squad will continue to be a rallying presence on the sidelines, changes in the program will offer fans an entirely new entertainment experience.

This season the Cheer Squad is divided into a cheer team and a dance team. Though the new squads continue to work as one unit to rally support for the Wolverine teams, the new distinction allows each team to specialize their skills in one aspect of cheering.

The new dance squad consists of eight members – seven girls and one boy, performing dance routines and stunts during halftimes and school rallies.

This summer the team attended USA Cheer Camp in Santa Cruz, returning home with the esteemed Spirit Stick. To sharpen their skills, the dance squad has also been practicing with specialized coaches from UCA and USA Cheer camps and have been working all summer and fall to integrate new stunts into their routines.

“We have over 19 different dances that we do,” said Head Coach Becky McGrath. “The team has been working really hard and it shows.”

This Saturday, the dance squad will perform during halftime of the JV and varsity football games with a routine entirely choreographed by team Captain Valarie Madden. Madden is a senior at TTHS and has been a varsity cheerleader for four years in addition to several years in the Pop Warner program. She created the original dance routine this summer, including stunts like the “dead man’s drop” that no TTHS cheer squad has ever performed.

This year is also the first time the Wolverine dance team has had a male member. Senior Nick Warren, an accomplished hockey goalie, joined the squad this summer and has been a welcomed addition to the group.

“His strength is very helpful with stunts and we are hoping that more guys will join in the future because of him,” added McGrath.

McGrath took over the position of head coach this season and is assisted by Cindy Graham and Scherrie Peterson.

Members of the team are: Valarie Madden, Nick Warren, Shellie Snell, Teri Graham, Shannon Gee, Whitney Peterson, Loressa Hutchinson and Whitney Wright.


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