Plant cheer qualifies for Western conference finals


Hyatt Criser

Forming a Y-pose with a smile on her face, Freshman Katherine Touger is held up by Senior Reagan Williams and a few other of her teammates as Plant Cheer Performed at Sussman Gym. Plant Cheer came in first place out of the eight teams competing on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Hyatt Criser, Sports Editor

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 8:06, the Plant cheer team performed in front of the Plant community at Sussman gym. They were competing against seven other local high school teams for a spot in the Western Conference Finals.

“It felt so good to show everyone what we can do,” junior Ruby Giansante said. “Being home definitely boosted everyone’s moods.”

Giansante and her team did show everyone what they could do as they placed first among the eight teams with their triumphant closing performance.

“First place qualified us to go to Western Conference, which gets us to finals in states if we get a certain score,” Giansante said. “It was our first win of the season, and it really shows that everything really pays off. The attitude of the team is always staying humble and working harder than ever.”

The Cheer Team is always on the sideline at football games, cheering on the Panthers, displaying their skills, and practicing their stunts.

“This year, our team is extremely close; we get along better than any team I’ve ever been on,” senior Miranda Maingot said. “We’re always in trouble with our coach for fooling around too much, but honestly, I think it’s how much fun we have together that has made us so good this year.

“Winning was amazing, mostly just because it made our coach so happy, she puts so much effort and passion into our team, so it felt really good to win at home as a big thank you to her. It also was great to fire us up for states and the competitions we need to win to qualify for states, and most importantly, the home competition was just tons of fun, and we all just had a really great time together.”

The cheer team has their future cut out for them as they strive for regionals and states. Competitions will vary, but the girls will stay together till the end.

“I’d love to win states this year but win or lose, I couldn’t love our team more and the great time we’ve had together,” Maggot said. “I don’t think I’ve ever met a group of people who make me laugh more, and every single member of our team is included in the camaraderie, which I am super thankful for.”