The Winters High School football teams have now played two games at home on the Dr. Sellers football field. While the football team has been working hard to make the community of Winters proud, the WHS cheer squad has also put in an exponential amount of work to keep the energy high and the crowd entertained. “The energy from the crowd makes such a huge difference to the cheerleaders’ ability to support the football players on the field,” said head coach Sterling Davis. Davis, with the help of the new coach Rachel Calvert, have compiled a team of 33 cheerleaders. There are 13 cheerleaders on the junior varsity team and 20 cheerleaders on the varsity team. This is one of the largest cheer teams WHS has ever had, and 21 of the cheer athletes are brand new to the Warriors cheer team. “Rachel has been extremely valuable in helping develop our stunting skills. She has been able to provide tips and tricks to the flyers to help them hit new skills and she brings with her a passion for cheerleading and cares about developing the girls as athletes and as individuals,” said Davis. The WiHS cheerleaders have been working hard all summer practicing their cheers, choreographing their routines and perfecting their stunts. With so many athletes on the cheer team this year, Davis and Calvert wanted the main area of focus to be stunting. “There is so much talent on this team. Our stunts this season are more advanced than in seasons passed. Each week, we hope to highlight new stunt skills never seen by Winters High School crowd,” said Davis. Based on the halftime performances the WHS cheerleaders have performed at the past two home games, it is evident that their hard work and dedication is paying off. Both of the halftime routines that the cheer squad has performed have been unique and packed with stunning choreography, impressive ground work, extreme level changes and catchy song choices. “The team always tries to have a new routine for home games…with the amount of girls we have on the team we have the opportunity to do some creative and fun pyramids and stunts in our routines. The girls have been working hard and are able to quickly adapt to any of the last minute changes that are made,” said Calvert. All of the WHS cheerleaders are putting in an insurmountable amount of effort into every practice and performance. Brooklyn Mariani, Aislynn Trojanowski and Jasmine Jimenez have all been elected as cheer captains. These three women were selected as captains because of their continued dedication to cheer and ability to provide leadership and promote unity and excellence. “Aislynn and Jasmine are our most accomplished bases and are always leading the way bringing new and exciting stunts to the team to try. As a flyer, Brooklyn is fearless in the air. She is always willing to attempt anything new and does it with such grace,” said Davis. While the athletes on the WHS cheer team will continue to support the football team by amping up the crowd with new dances, stunts and sideline cheers, the ultimate goal for Davis and Calvert is to help the girls develop a passion for cheer. “The girls work incredibly hard throughout the summer and school year and I want them to be able to look back and see that it was worth it,” said Calvert. The cheer team has been looking forward to having packed bleachers again. Come on out and support them by bringing your energy at the next home game.