This team is packed full of good cheer |

This team is packed full of good cheer

After a long summer of working local events like the Cannibal Cruise car show, Truckee Rodeo and the Fourth of July parade, the Truckee Spirit Squad is ready for a packed fall season.

Junior varsity and varsity squads from TTHS traveled to Santa Cruz in July to attend the USA Spirit Camp at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“This camp was really tough, but I think it really helped us as a squad. The girls worked really hard to learn new cheers and dance moves and it will show this season,” said Head Coach Teri McKinney.

The Wolverines returned home from USSC with ribbons of excellency from USA (United Spirit Association) for both the JV and varsity cheer squads as well as mascot and stunt honors.

In addition to their fund-raising work this summer, the cheerleaders and mascots earned several awards, ribbons and certificates for their efforts.

This year’s Spirit Squad is hoping to imbibe the Wolverine cheer program with new life, and Wolverine alum and new Coach McKinney is confident that her small, hardworking group will do just that.

The ladies have been practicing three days a week in preparation for homecoming and regional competition in January.

“We may even have the opportunity to cheer at a San Francisco 49ers game in October, so we’re really excited about this season,” added McKinney.

The team will be hosting a special one-day cheer clinic on Sunday, Sept. 23, as a benefit for Coach McKinney’s son, Zachary Hanham, who is battling a rare form of lymphoma.

Those interested in attending the clinic can register from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 23, and the cost is $10 per person. The class is open to both boys and girls ages K-12, and any adults who would like a good well-rounded workout.

Proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Tahoe Truckee Cheer/Mascot Squad, and Zachary’s Bone Marrow Drive Fund. If you’re interested in donating to Zachary’s fund, donations can be made to Bank of the West account #237030119 to help support bone marrow drives and cancer research.

For more information on the clinic, call Coach McKinney at 582-6994.

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