Cheer team growing, finishes 3rd at state
By Micah Knebel

It was a memorable year for the Jesup fall cheer team.

The team began working in July to add more material to their routines. The J-Hawks started practicing early for their state competition which included a big change.

In addition to following COVID-19 restrictions about types of stunting, line-ups, practices, and social distancing, the state competition turned into a virtual event.

“We worked very hard at our jumps and being able to film was different,” said head coach Sarah Nolan. “We didn’t have a crowd to feed off of, but we were able to film a few times in order to perfect our routine.”

The team’s work paid off as they took the trophy for a third place finish in the 2A Time Out, Non Stunt, and Non Tumble Category.

“This is our second year competing and we placed third both times,” said Nolan. “I could not be more proud of the girls that competed.”

The team also set record numbers this season with 27 girls taking part in the program. Nolan says that in addition to adding in new stunts, jumps, and dances, the team is working hard to continue to build the program.

“Despite some obstacles thrown our way with quarantining and restrictions, the girls were always smiling and loving to cheer,” the coach said. “Next year, we will compete again at the state championships!”

Rachel Clayberg, Anna Sweeney, and Jeryn Loyd were the team’s seniors.
Clayberg was the team’s senior leader. “She works very hard and is so dedicated to our program,” said Nolan. “Rachel jumps in, helps out with band dances, and cheers.” Clayberg not only was a base for the squad this season but also took part as a flyer.

Nolan said Anna Sweeney, a base for the team, was always smiling and working hard. “Anna was a very dedicated base this year who was always up to work hard,” the coach said.

Jeryn Loyd was unable to prepare with the team this summer as she was at basic training, but Nolan said that when she was able to join the squad, she was hard at work learning cheers and dances.
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