BWHS Varsity Cheer is Flying High


Grace Luebke, Reporter

Let’s scream it, let’s shout it! Last Tuesday, the district cheer competition was held around the corner at Independence High School. Our very own varsity cheer team put on quite the performance, placing 3rd overall. 

Not only did that secure them a spot at the upcoming first round regional competition, but they were able to knock out last year’s state winning team Riverside. However, the team wasn’t exactly stoked over their final placing. “We have been continuously robbed,” said Sophomore Lexi Nijkamp, as the team “barely made it into regionals.” Despite the slight frustration of the outcome, all was turned around when the last two regional recipients were called, those teams being Independence (2nd) and Stone Bridge (1st). This meant that the reigning state champs were knocked off the top of the pyramid. Riverside broke records last year at states, obtaining the highest score in Virginia history. So taking their spot was quite the V-I-C-T-O-R-Y for Briar. 

Now, cheer is gearing up to face off against other schools in the region. “We’re working on a lot of polishing the routine we already have,” said Lucia Curry, varsity head coach. Repetition, strengthening, and cardio training are just a few ways this team is locking in for round one of regionals. Coach Curry also mentioned that she has brought in a secret weapon, that being Briar Woods’ choir teacher Mr. Tangredi. “He’s helping us with voice training- so that we can execute the cheer from our diaphragm, and be loud without using more breath than we need to.” said Curry.

A common misconception is that high school cheer isn’t a sport, but that the cheerleaders are just there to support their football teams. “Although we love cheering on our football team, we compete at a high level,” said Senior Madison Mcdevitt. “Throwing 100 pound girls in the air isn’t an easy task,” she added. Cheerleading isn’t a no sweat basket toss, but it’s the team’s hard work and preparation that makes their fiery routines look effortless to the audience.

Want to come out and support these lady Falcons? Not only can you catch them on the sidelines at this Friday’s pink-out varsity football game, but at the first round of the regional competition this Saturday, October 23rd, at Stafford High School. Doors open to the public at noon. Tickets for the home football game on Friday, October 22nd can be purchased at Kickoff is at 7. Let’s continue to support our Briar Woods varsity cheer team as they compete for a spot in the second round of regionals. Roll Falcs and let’s “crush” it this week!