Shorian Cheerleaders Flip Into New Season

The leaves have fallen along with the temperatures which, can only mean one thing: winter sports are upon us. Tryouts for cheer have come to a close, practices are now underway, and everyone is getting excited to see what the cheerleaders have in store this year.

The teams were finalized earlier this week, and the girls are now preparing for the season ahead. Get a look at your official 2017-2018 Shorian Cheerleaders:

Varsity Team

Alyssa Belanger

Anna Bommarito

Autumn Cargile

Samantha Dreisbach

Cassidy Greene

Mia Hahn

Courtney Huber

Samantha Lundy

Haley Marsiglio

Angela Maslanka

Hailey Modreski

Brooke Nysen

Abigale Palacios

Janelle Reiff

Madison Roberts

DeShawnda Sparks

Leanna Turner

Payton Zsude


Junior Varsity Team

Faith Bagley

Autumn Brueggeman

Madeline Davis

Sadiya Hammond

Teanna Johnson

Caitlyn Kanne

Adriana Kidd

Mary LaPratt

Leilani Maxey

Hannah McElrath

Marisa Mercurio

DeTangdra Morris

Rachel Prykucki

Alexus Scheuer-Haislip

The first official practice was Wednesday, November 8th, and the cheerleaders are already busy learning routines, which they perform in rounds at competitions, and perfecting their technique. Practices are every weekday, 3 to 5pm, excluding Mondays when practice runs from 4:30 to 7:30 pm because of tumbling. These girls are extraordinary; they learn an abundance of things, from how to do a cartwheel to doing a tuck flip that takes months, sometimes even years, to perfect. They are also working hard to get their routines ready for the first competition, which takes place at home on Wednesday, December 13th at 6 o’clock. Altogether the Varsity Cheerleaders have fourteen competitions and the Junior Varsity girls have ten. The girls are very excited for the upcoming season, hoping to bring home more trophies than last year, when they were awarded MAC Blue Champions, MHSAA District Champions, MHSAA Regional Qualifier, and CCCAM All-State Academic Team Honorable Mention (Team G.P.A: 3.34).

Coach Sherri Taormina says, “I expect great things from our team this year. I feel we have a very strong group of athletes in the classroom, which in turn always seems to produce some our best athletes. They make good choices on and off the mat. They are also one of the most dedicated groups. And again, when you have reliable athletes, they are able to do what needs to be done for their team.”

The team is a group of intelligent, friendly, and close-knit young girls that welcomes newcomers. Coach Taormina adds, “Honestly, I feel that it is a sport that empowers females to be strong. It teaches things like dependability, passion, school spirit, and more, but also it is an amazing feeling to work together to achieve a goal that takes every single team member’s ability together. Many people don’t understand the athleticism it takes to do things like tumbling or stunting, but we do. That is usually why they develop a strong bond with one another.” When the time for winter sports comes again next year, keep in mind that the cheer team might be a perfect fit for you.

While the Shorian Cheerleaders are preparing for their upcoming competitions, make sure to check out their schedule and make plans to attend because you won’t want to miss out on this year’s great achievements and countless wins (knock on wood).