Cheerleading is a sport that gets more competitive each year and what five girls in Harrison County have been able to accomplish in that sport at such a young age is incredible.
“Girls came up with a slogan with our team that’s “new year, new team, same family, same dream” and they’re living a dream, and it’s coming true for them, it’s just fabulous,” said Harrison Central Jr. High Cheering Coach, Tammy Gross.
Small but mighty, these “Fab Five” as they’re known, Kenna, Kaylee, Kelsey, Laney, and Abby, Harrison Central Junior High Cheerleaders are on a winning streak, and if you know anything about competitive cheerleading, you know just how hard that is with only five members.
“Several first place winnings. Outstanding showmanship, best jumps, best tumbling, best fun squad, and our first place trophy at the Cheer Champion Central Lake Erie Nationals,” said Coach Gross.
“It just happened in a flash. You couldn’t see any of the judges. You had a spot light on you. It was amazing,” said 8th grader Kaylee Elliott.
They have one more big competition coming up in May in Virginia Beach, then it’s onto high school for two of the three girl. They’re not sure they’re ready to leave.
“I don’t want to leave. It’s exciting. We both made varsity, so it’s exciting, but I don’t want to leave this squad,” said Elliott.
“It is not just a sport. It is a family. These girls are together usually Monday through Friday, sometimes on Saturday for two-three hours a day. They’ve seen the best of each other. They’ve seen the worst of each other,” said Coach Gross.
And on top of those practices year round, these girls are scholars.
All on the honor roll or principal’s list while playing other sports
And they don’t want to be underestimated.
“It ‘s a lot of hard work and dedication. A lot of it is hours and hours of tumbling to get you up to this point. And dance helped with my coordination and everything. and I also do track so that keeps me in shape,” said 8th grader Kenna Mizer.
The girls will continue their practices until leaving for Virginia in May.