• Katie Ingerson

MSU cheer team lifts new spirit

MSU cheer team shows off its team spirit at teh Scheels Tailgate at Dakota Square Mall

The MSU cheer team has gotten its season underway with the addition of a new assistant coach and, after tryouts last month, nine new cheerleaders making up a thirteen-member team.

Britney Gardner, a senior and new member to the team, has been a dancer since she was two years old, but is trying cheerleading for the first time.

"We've been learning a few cheers at a time; it's been a little overwhelming, but it's going well," Gardner said.

Head coach Berta Abernathey is excited about the new additions to the team. Many of the returning members are upperclassmen, but several freshmen joined the team this year. Abernathey said she hopes the new members will stay with the team throughout their time at MSU and continue to build their skills.

"We really get energy from each other and that's how we stay motivated," Courtney Hall, a returning cheerleader, said. "We have a lot of fun, so it makes it easy to get hyped up."

Assistant coach Kaylee Dale is joining the team with nine years of Coaching, dancing, cheerleading, and gymnastics experience.

"She will bring a good variety and fresh ideas to the group, and it's always nice to have an extra person to help," Abernathey said.

Hall is excited about having Dale as a coach because she will be teaching the cheerleaders how to tumble--a skill that the team has not done in previous years.

"I have many fresh ideas for choreography and stunting to really showcase the talent athletic ability we have with the new team," Dale said.

Some of her goals are to have more crowd interactions, half-time performances, new music for sideline routines, and new cheers and stunts. She hopes that these additions will bring what she calls a "wow factor" and increase game attendance. Dale looks forward to helping the team reach their full potential both on and off the field and court.

The cheer team debuted at the first football home game last week, and will cheer at home football games and men's and women's basketball games throughout the year.

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