An ambitious bunch |

An ambitious bunch

Luke Graham
Cassie Rogers

— Football, volleyball and cross-country weren’t the only sports running through two-a-day practices.

Weeks before any games took place, the Moffat County High School cheerleading team went through a grueling week of practicing twice daily, including hill climbs, mile runs and at least one practice completely dedicated to conditioning.

“There’s no doubt we’re working hard this year,” assistant cheerleading coach Erin Knez said. “We expect them to be in great condition.”

Although cheerleading may not get the recognition other sports do, Knez said there’s no doubt the team has been working as hard as all of the other teams.

That includes the summer season, as well.

Along with two weeks of practice before the start of school, the team attended a camp at the University of Northern Colorado.

They’re doing all of this with one big goal in mind: placing in the top 10 at the state cheerleading competition in Denver.

“I want to place better at state,” senior Cassie Rogers said. “We’ve always been in the top 15, but a top 10 finish would really be good to me.”

After the team struggled at the state competition last year, Rogers said she has high hopes for the team this year.

Considering the 15 members – a majority of which are freshmen – make up a relatively large team, Rogers said the possibilities for routines are endless.

“It’s going to be a great season for us,” she said. “We’ve got a new coach and a new squad. We’re really hoping to show our stuff. We’re bringing a whole new game to the table.”

And although doing well at regionals and state tops the list of goals for the Bulldogs cheerleaders, the team also has big plans for the football season, including a big pre-game routine before the first home football game. The team also has begun work on a long choreographed halftime performance for the homecoming football game.

“They’ve been working really hard at that,” Knez said. “It’s going to be long and flashy.”

In the end, Knez said fans should expect big things from this year’s squad.

“They’re going to be fun to watch,” she said. “It’s going to be an exciting season.”

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