2020 presents special challenges to cheerleaders

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Savannah Else- Mustangs Ahead

LRHS cheerleaders stunt for the fans.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 has a big impact on the way LRHS cheerleaders build spirit at football games.

Throughout the cheer team there seemed to be a lot of mixed feelings about their first game experience, Sept. 25 vs. Booker.

Varsity cheerleader junior Kayla Morris stated, “I think all of the cheerleaders had a lot of fun but, we couldn’t hear the band, our masks were making us sweat, and the student section just wasn’t involved, which it all made it a little harder then usual.”

The band was placed on the side of the field this year, rather than its usual place next to the student section. This caused some confusion with the student section, parent area and cheerleaders who couldn’t hear what was being played.

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Varsity cheerleader Skyla Alonso said, “We had been preparing for this game for weeks and we all had so much fun but there were some minor set backs throughout the game.”

The varsity cheerleaders are working long and hard to figure out ways to get the student section involved for their next home game.

Varsity cheerleader junior Kelsey Mcleod said, “We tried our best to do the usual student section chants, but with the band being so far away and the student section not participating it was hard. I hope that we can figure out ways to make a difference for the next home game.”

Every cheerleader’s goal is to support the football team while also getting the crowd excited and involved. However, this 2020 season seems to present some new challenges.