First-year head coach Edgar Fuentes and assistant coach BreAnn Russell both said they are excited about this year’s team, which has 19 members.
“Only two of the girls are seniors, but most of them have had experience cheerleading, either at the high school or at the middle school,” said Fuentes.
Russell and Fuentes were cheerleaders together on the same squad at GCHS several years ago. Fuentes is a 2007 graduate and Russell graduated in 2008.
“We’re taking what we learned and did in high school, and applying it to coaching this team,” Fuentes said. “It’s good to have someone who knows the business as well as BreAnn does. We each have a little bit different background, but we complement each other well.”
Throughout the summer, the cheerleaders have been working on cheers, dances, and athletic maneuvers, in addition to ongoing strength and conditioning training.
“It’s a physically demanding sport,” Fuentes said, adding that although cheerleading is not officially recognized as a competition sport by the Utah High School Activities Association, he hopes to take the team to at least one competitive event in the Salt Lake City area next spring, just for the experience.
The GCHS cheerleading team is scheduled to make its first public appearance on the sidelines and during the halftime of the Red Devils’ first home football game of the season, which is against Rifle, Colorado, on Friday, Aug. 29.
“We’ll have our new uniforms and be ready to go,” Fuentes said.
The 19 members of the 2014-15 GCHS cheerleading squad are seniors Mystica Delafuente and Kaelyn Lammert; juniors Kwincey Wells, Karissa Martin, Jordan Garza-Newton, Sophia Richardson, Rylee Flynn and Lexi Melancon; sophomores Kimiko Cordero, Peyton Miley, Indyanna Clark and Karris Trujillo; and freshmen Ashtin Beason, Araya Cordero, Baelie Pierce, Alyssa Mick, Shalice Chamberlain, Britney Keogh and Jewels Wiley.