Sideline cheer leaving a legacy
by Justin Scott
On the sidelines during football games, you’ll find a talented group of cheerleaders this season. The Lowell varsity sideline cheerleading team has 10 seniors which make up half the team. Their leadership has been a big part of the program over the last four years. “Since most of our seniors started with us at the beginning of high school, I have been able to see the progress they have made with the culture of our program and the progress within themselves as athletes, students, and young adults,” varsity head coach Dayna Crumback said.
One thing going well for Lowell cheerleading is their youth program, which has the coaches excited for the future. The program currently has 103 participants, and the program is working hard to blend the youth program with the high school program.
“Varsity assistant coach, Michele Schilling, runs the youth program and is incredible at it. Our varsity team, youth parents, and some of our alumni help support the program by coaching all of our different levels. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Coach Michele Schilling," added Coach Crumback.
The youth program success has already made an impact on the high school teams. “It’s really awesome to have athletes coming up to the high school already knowing the chants, fight song, and stunting techniques.” During last week’s varsity football game, the youth cheerleaders were able to join their high school counterparts by leading the crowd in chants on the sideline.
The cheerleading program has been busy this year. The team has been out cheering on not only football, but cross-country as well. They decorated the school lockers with signs as well as put up banners throughout the school. Certainly one of the more fun sports teams on social media, the cheerleading team has also hosted themed practices, honored their seniors each Sunday through a #SeniorSunday series, and they’ve performed at the West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball game back on August 14th. Their varsity theme this season is “Arrow Legacy”, an homage to the successful last few years of Red Arrow cheer.
The 10 seniors have been a big part of the Lowell program’s growth in the last four years. “These seniors will be leaving behind their legacy as our program has blossomed into what coaches dream about with their help and determination. Thank you, seniors, for paving the way for future Red Arrow cheerleaders,” added Coach Crumback. This year’s seniors are Alyssa Miles, Kara Korcek, Kayla VanOosten, Phoebe Looman, Neely Bardwell, Lyleighsha Hopkins, Shi Steinberg, ShiLeigh Shepard, Lexi Reedy, and Sophia Katsul.
Coach Crumback spoke highly of the underclassmen on this year’s team as well. “The level of talent from our underclassmen is incredible, and there will be more to come as our youth athletes come into the high school program.” The underclassmen on this year’s varsity sideline cheer team are juniors Sydney Hults, Mikayla Keller, Delaney Beimers, Skyler Ripmaster, Ashlyn Fryers, Faith Worsley, Olivia Winn, Nora Jannenga, Izabel Rutz, as well as sophomore Olivia Outman.