Indiana basketball cheerleaders’ one shining moment in March Madness

BLOOMINGTON — The nearly 7-foot one failed first. Standing on the chair, the referee failed next. The ball, somehow wedged between the back wall of the scoreboard and the shot clock hardware behind it, just out of reach of the Saint Mary player and the umpire, raised in his chair, holding up the green mop pole.

Saint Mary’s striker Matthias Tass, who had missed the ball the first time, had another idea. Indiana cheerleaders stood behind the basket of the Moda Center in Portland. Another Saint Mary player was waving at them to pick someone up.

“Supreme, Nathan, you’re going!” shouted cheerleading team captain Ethan Ferguson.

So Nathan Paris got up. Cassidy Cerny also jumped up. She wanted to go, apparently exclaiming “I want to go! I want to go!”

They didn’t realize the TV cameras were on.

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They used to joke about it. The ball keeps getting stuck. This may interest you : Physics, competition and surprises at AT&T Training Camp | Falcons Audible Podcast. Usually a mop is enough. Somehow it wasn’t that day – the first round game of the NCAA IU tournament against Saint Mary’s.

As they sat in their normal places on the floor, they wondered why they didn’t just catch the ball themselves when it got stuck earlier. But there is no plan for now. There was never a need.

Judge Kelly Pfeifer can be heard on a TV broadcast asking for a ladder or a chair. He tried to eject the mop pole. It doesn’t stretch.

Then it was Paris and Cerny’s turn.

“We started getting lost,” Paris said. “That’s when I start to get nervous, thinking we’re really going to have to do it.”

At home in Bloomington after all that, sitting in a Wilkinson Hall chair, Paris demonstrated the lift, an acrobatics called arm extension. Cerny would stand in front of Paris and assume what is known as the “hands position” before Paris extends it above his head to complete the stunt. Paris showed how to extend his arms to keep them locked so Cerny could balance and hold his arms at an angle as if Cerny were wearing one-inch heels.

However, in Portland, where Paris picked up Cerny, they were not in the right position. Paris had to go holding Cerny above his head.

“I thought to myself, ‘I really hope I don’t throw this feat at the whole stadium,'” Paris said. “I did this stunt because I knew they wanted us to hurry up, and I placed it about seven feet from where we were supposed to be. So I thought, “Well, I’ll have to go there.”

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Indiana cheerleaders save the day

They passed under the basket, Cerny bending her knees to hide under the basket mast – a journey Cerny and Paris made it look much easier than they claimed. See the article : T. J. Edwards: “I want to be that guy in the middle”.

Safely under the basket, Paris took position and lifted Cerny a little further. It was enough in the end. Cerny grabbed the ball, drawing a storm of applause and waving in delight as she and Paris ran off the dance floor.

They barely had time to seize their moment running off the court, unaware that they might stand in the wrong spot on the court where they weren’t allowed and earn Indiana a technical foul.

And the television cameras captured it all.

“Why not cheerleaders, they’re used to getting high,” Andrew Catalon began calling on the TBS broadcast.

“Yeah! Pick up the cheerleader,” he continued as Paris lifted Cerny into the air. “Take her there! That’s how you do it!”

The cameras then showed Cerny reaching for the ball.

“Oh, it has it! What a game! Cheerleaders save the day! This is her one glamorous moment,” Catalon concluded as the crowd roared. “The cheerleader is a hero in Portland!”

Once the match was over and they turned on their phones to see the flurry of news and watch the broadcast, requests for a TV interview quickly poured in. They were interviewed by Good Morning America at 3am in Portland. They will go to “The Today Show” live about 15 minutes in advance.

Messages and comments kept pouring in.

Cerny is an RA in Briscoe Quad. All her residents sent her a message about the performance.

“We just saw you on TV!” some texts said.

“You’re famous!” read another.

During the IU women’s basketball game against Charlotte in the Assembly Hall on Saturday, Cerny and Paris sat together and were featured in the broadcast. People approached them at the game, asking to take a picture with them.

“I thought it was going to die down, I’m refreshing my Instagram with another like, another comment,” Cerny said.

“It’s a bit daunting at first, you think about being watched by so many people,” Paris said. “But that’s our job as cheerleaders. We are to lead our fans. It’s just a broader scale at this point.

“We talked about it last night. Let’s just enjoy it, let’s just be in the moment.”

This includes Cerny entering into a name, image and likeness (NIL) contract with clothing company Breaking T to sell T-shirts featuring her with Catalona’s slogan “Cherleader saves the day!” connection.

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The now viral duo of Cerny and Paris have taken very different paths to wear their IU cheerleading outfits for the March Madness game in Portland. Both are natives of Indiana. This may interest you : UK dance team alum Kleine Powell cheerleaders for the Dallas Cowboys. Only one of them imagined himself rooting for IU.

At the age of 5, Cerny started doing gymnastics. And at 1:00 p.m. she woke up one morning completely exhausted.

So Cerny started cheering in the eighth grade. She attended Avon High School where she was on the cheerleading team.

“In my freshman year, I knew I wanted to support IU,” said Cerny. “It was a really big goal for me. It was like a dream come true.”

Paris is an IU senior and has never been a cheerleader in his life before halfway through college.

In high school at the Christian Academy of Indiana in New Albany, Paris, he played baseball and basketball. But he also played the alto saxophone in the high school band. He came to IU and joined the Marching Hundred.

At both basketball and soccer games, Marching Hundred sits right behind the cheerleaders. So Paris could watch almost every game for two years.

“I saw what the cheerleading team was doing and I thought, ‘That sounds so cool,'” Paris said. “So then I tried. I joined two years ago. It’s changed my life ever since.”

The cheerleading team needed guys this year, and as a former multisport competitor, Paris had the athleticism to make the team. He received help from the cheerleading team to learn many of the basics of the sport.

“It was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Paris said of trying it out.

When Paris made the team, Cerny entered as a freshman. She was already experienced, Paris was not. They were often paired together – Paris as a base, Cerny as a pilot. Most of the initial time they had to work together was during the first month of the pandemic, when it was hard to find time to be together.

So they jumped outside, whatever the weather. It was one of the few opportunities to exercise.

Cerny and Paris said they’ve never had major falls, but hand-to-hand pick-ups were especially difficult in the beginning. Cerny said the airman is not always connected to one specific base. So they continued training through the pandemic, and now, after two years, they are starting more elite stunts.

“I remember from the first time we did stunts, you can tell when you start to get better,” said the more experienced Cerny. “You can definitely tell who has potential and who doesn’t. Definitely yes.

They have been cheering together for almost two years. And they deserved to travel – among the team’s more prestigious assignments.

They were selected to participate in the NCAA tournament, the first time either of them – Cerny now a sophomore and Paris senior – went to March Madness.

Their trip to Portland was far from planned. They took this flight to Portland, delayed in Dayton until 4 a.m. EST with a stopover and left luggage, before finally arriving in Portland around 6 a.m. PT.

And IU’s performance against Saint Mary’s didn’t provide much to cheer about. But for Cerny and Paris, it will be a moment they will remember forever. There’s even a t-shirt.

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Where do Amanda Cerny live?

As her nearly 24 million Instagram followers already know, Amanda Cerny and her Austrian boyfriend, fitness trainer Johannes Bartl, live mostly in the Miami area, where they and their Dalmatians rule an elegant waterfront with lush gardens, an infinity pool and a private dock.

How old is Amanda Cerny?

Where does Amanda Cerny live? Amanda has collaborated with brands such as Nike, Beats by Dre, Marc Jacobs, Ubisoft, universal and now Guess as a model for the spring 2018 campaign. Her first film was The Bet (2016). He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Where is Cassidy Cerny from?

Paris, a senior cheerleader from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, lifted partner Cassidy Cerny, a sophomore from Avon, Indiana, onto her shoulders, as they do on many of their shows, and lifted her in the air with her hands.

Who is the Indiana cheerleader who saved the day? A jersey was designed to commemorate the moment Cerny soared over the backboard to retrieve the ball, with “Cherleader saves the day” written on the jersey. Cerny and her stuntman Nathan Paris succeeded where others failed after the ball got stuck under the shot clock early in the second half.

Who was the IU cheerleader who threw the ball? Cassidy Cerny went viral when she climbed onto the shoulders of teammate Nathan Paris and grabbed a stuck basketball at an IU game last Friday. BLOOMINGTON, Ind.

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