Cheerleaders participate in Reed City camp

REED CITY -- Reed City’s cheerleaders, who will perform at football games this fall, had their own preseason of sorts with a summer camp last week.

Amanda Powers said her girls, at their camp early in the week did cheers, stunt, tumbling and worked on overall fitness. Strength training and team bonding was also involved.

Junior varsity and varsity girls were included.

“We started out Sunday night and did the Midnight Madness (Aug. 6) with the football team, Powers said, referring to the opening of football practices.

The last camp day was Aug. 8. Victory Cheer Co. from Allendale sent four coaches to work with the team on cheers. Sessions were in the high school cafeteria.

“This is the second time they’ve been to our camp. They bring in fresh ideas and new techniques and the latest that’s out there,” Powers said. “Most of them have cheered in college and are coaches at other schools.”

There were 20 cheerleaders participating from Reed City.

Among the cheerleaders was Makayla Fender who said the Victory instructors were helpful. Sarah Sheldon, another cheerleader agreed.

Learning more about stunting was a key part of the class, Sheldon said.

“They’re teaching us the basics and how to execute everything we’re doing,” she said. “It’s like walking into this as a toddler and coming out as adults.”