Tar Heel Junior high school cheerleaders win top honors – BladenOnline.com

Tar Heel Junior high school cheerleaders win top honors - BladenOnline.com

The Tar Heel Middle School cheerleading team earned the highest honors in the school’s athletic conference for the 2021-2022 year.

The Panthers cheerleaders were named “Conference Cheerleading Champions” in the Waccamaw High School AA Conference, which includes schools in parts of Bladen and Columbus counties.

“This was a huge accomplishment for our school, our program and our cheerleaders individually,” said THMS cheerleading coach Mrs. Noel Dennis. “At the start of the season, I was worried because our team was so young, but the girls came out strong and worked exceptionally hard. They came together as a team and displayed exceptional spirit and supreme dedication to our school.”

Ms. Dennis said that the last few years have been difficult for her cheerleaders. Only five of her 12 cheerleaders had experience in the sport. “Those five were all eighth graders, but they hadn’t cheered since they were in sixth grade,” the coach explained. His 7th grade season was totally curtailed due to COVID. The remaining members of the team this year were seventh graders and hadn’t cheered at all during their middle school years. Then to start this school year, the cheerleaders prepared for football season, but the school was unable to field a football team, again due to COVID issues.

“We had prepared and practiced to start this year, but it seemed like every time we turned around, we hit a stumbling block,” said Ms. Dennis.

For basketball season, the girls were thrilled to have the opportunity to show off their skills and all of their hard work. Just into the basketball season, Ms. Dennis herself was out of school due to COVID and the death of an immediate family member. That’s when several other Tar Heel Middle staff members stepped forward and helped with the equipment. Mrs. Amanda Murillo, Mrs. Larrissa Kulokoski, and Mrs. Autumn Lewis made sure the cheerleaders were able to attend a couple of games without their coach. “Our Panther staff is amazing!” Mrs. Dennis said. “We all work together to make sure our students have every opportunity to shine, and these young ladies on our cheerleading squad were truly impressive!”

The coach said she was “exceptionally proud” of her athletes, but added: “Even if they hadn’t won the conference, I’d still be proud of them for the hard work they put into this season.”

When I was a student at Tar Heel High School years ago, Mrs. Dennis was a cheerleader. “I love this school,” he added. “There is nothing better than being a Panther!”

Coach Dennis commended the parents of his cheerleaders who brought refreshments to the girls’ practices, attended the games, and made sure to pick up the girls from practices on time. He also praised its two administrators, Principal Teresa Coleman and Assistant Principal Brendan McCarthy. “Millisecond. Coleman and Mr. McCarthy made sure the girls and I had what we needed at practices and games,” said Ms. Dennis. “They made sure the girls had a positive experience as Panther athletes.” .

Next year should be another good year for the team, as six of last year’s seventh graders tried out for next year and made the Panther team again. One of the seventh graders moved to a new school, tried out for the cheerleading squad there, and made it. Many of last year’s eighth graders are trying out for a high school cheer team, Ms. Dennis said. “It’s been a great year at the Tar Heel,” concluded Ms. Dennis. “My daughters worked hard for this conference honor and they really deserved it. GO PANTHERS!”

Members of the 2021-2022 Tar Heel Middle cheerleading squad were Camryn Easter, Emma Fisher, Jamie Hunsinger, Sherrell McKoy, Ahmera Moore, Ayana Murchison, Layla Page, Alajah Parker, Jahyrah Priest, Karen Rodriguez, Anaria Sanders, and Ashley Solis- Sandoval.

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