Moffat County cheer team brings the noise to the Bulldog sidelines
November 8, 2013
Cheer team schedule
Catch the cheerleaders at home Moffat County basketball games
Dec. 12-14 at Steamboat
Dec. 21 vs. Gunnison
Jan. 24 vs. Coal Ridge
Jan. 25 vs. Grand Valley
Jan. 31 vs. Olathe
Feb. 8 vs. Basalt
Feb. 11 vs. Aspen
Feb. 14 vs. Cedaredge
Feb. 15 vs. Roaring Fork
The Moffat County cheer team is coming off a two-win football season and coming up on two basketball seasons with high hopes.
But the way the team operates, you won't be able to tell a difference.
Cheerleaders are a staple at high school and college football and basketball games across the country, bringing positive energy to their team and its fans no matter the score or result. Moffat County's cheer team does just that for the blue and white during the fall and winter. The only thing that changes for the Bulldogs' biggest supporters? The temperature.
"In the fall it's really cold, especially at the end, and then for basketball it gets really hot sometimes," said Chandra Warren, referencing the difference between cheering outside vs. indoors.
But whether they have to bundle up for a late fall game or are in the normal uniforms in the MCHS gym, the formula for being a good cheer team remains the same.
"It's being happy and preppy," said senior Tiera Reeves. "That's what you do all the time."
The team has a new coach this year in Britany Nielson, who is bringing her experience to try and change the way the cheer team is seen.
"I think we want to change the image of cheer in this town," Nielson said. "It's never been too cool here and where I grew up, those were the girls you wanted to be around. We want to show the other sports that we're athletes too."
In that regard, the team hopes to do more stunting and routines. With a potentially larger team after tryouts later this month, they could have big plans in the tossing and stunting departments.
With the small group that makes up the team nucleus right now, there is enough creativity to make that happen. Instead of getting cheers off of YouTube or picking them up from other teams, the Moffat County cheer team collaborates with its coach to update and create its own cheers and choreography.
"We just come up with words that sound good, that relate to things that happen in the game and then we put moves to go along with it," Reeves said. "So in football, you want to have a cheer about scoring touchdowns and we put one together."
No matter the results of the upcoming seasons, the cheerleaders will be at every home game rooting for the Bulldogs all the same, and they hope community members will join them.
"We would love to see people come out and support all the teams whether they're winning or losing with us," Nielson said. "Make it a real community event, where it's not just people with family there attending."
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.