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Camp helps Thunder cheerleaders

David Pressgrove

— Nothing against coach Jannie Brenner, but 9-year-old Taylor Hagar said she enjoyed her time learning from National Chearleaders Association instructor Krystle Doris because, “she can show us what she wants because she is a college cheerleader right now.”

Twelve of the Moffat County Thunder cheerleading team, coached by Brenner, participated in a three-day clinic put on by Doris, who is on the University of Wyoming cheerleading team.

“It’s good for the girls to have someone in addition to me help them,” said Brenner who is the team coach and director. “This hasn’t been a laidback marshmallow and hot dog roasting camp. They’ve worked really hard.”

Brenner and new Gymstar gym owner Debbie Tomlin helped bring in Doris, who put on eight-hour sessions Thursday and Friday and a half-day session Saturday.

“It was nice to have individual attention, said Amber Luker, a senior-to-be at Moffat County High School. “We went to an NCA camp with the high school team, but there were so many teams there we didn’t get a lot of individual attention especially like what Krystle has given us.”

Brenner was excited because the team was working on stunts that were at a higher level of difficulty.

“We compete at Level 3, which is really good for the size of squad that we had,” she said. “This week, we’ve been putting up Level 4 quality stuff.”

Hagar said her biggest improvement came in the small things.

“I’ve learned to make my jumps sharper,” said the two-year cheerleading veteran. “It’s been very fun, but tiring at the same time.”

Brenner said although the change in ownership has left the gym without a current Level 4 and 5 gymnastics instructor (which Tomlin is looking to find a new instructor), the cheerleading team hasn’t missed a beat.

“We will keep competing and working to get better,” said Brenner, who also coaches the Craig Middle School team and assists with the high school team. “It’s exciting to see the progress this week and we look forward to growing like we have ever since we started.”


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