Cheerleaders honored for efforts

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By The Staff

If you have ever had the privilege of attending a sporting event in Kentucky, chances are you found yourself surrounded by fans.

In Kentucky, fans flock to sporting events ranging from the collegiate level to the local Little League and T-ball teams.

Owen County fans are no different. 

However, seldom do you see a large following of fans for a cheer competition.

Despite the level of athleticism exhibited by today’s cheerleaders, the old-school notion of cheerleaders being prissy, pom-pom toting girls that only stand on the sidelines and cheer their team on to victory tends to keep the fans home.

That trend changed for Owen County’s middle school squad last weekend as they cinched a first-place finish at the Swiss Wine Festival Junior High competition in Vevay, Ind.

The girls who usually are the cheering fans took the floor with the support of no fewer than 100 fans whooping and hollering to show their support.

Thursday, the middle school football team will play its first home game at 6 p.m. against Gallatin County. While the cheerleaders will be there to cheer their team on to victory, they will also perform their winning routine at half-time.

The cheerleaders will host a cheer clinic for elementary and primary students Sept. 8-11 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

The cost of the clinic is $25, and if you are pre-registered by Friday, you will receive a free T-shirt.  Cheerleaders will work with girls in small groups to teach sidelines, floor cheers, stunts and a dance routine.  Everyone who completes three days of clinic will receive a free pass to the MBMS football game Sept. 17 against Grant County, and will perform with the middle school cheerleaders at halftime.  Registration forms are being sent home by teachers at school and can be returned to the office.  For more information, call Jenna Gray at 514-1379.