Evart cheerleaders continue their busy summer

EVART — Thursdays have been productive so far this summer for the Evart cheerleading squad.

Coach Marty Pattee has been having workshops on Thursdays in the Evart cafeteria. The focus has been on cheering skills. Participation each week has included around 12 girls of all high school ages. Several have been to most of the workshops.

“There’s church camps and different things going on,” Pattee said.

Workshops continue each Thursday until the week of Aug. 4 when tryouts will be featured.

Among the participants have been Sienna Park, a senior, in her fourth year of cheer.

“We are working on gymnastics and stunts to get ready (for football season),” Park said. “It’s very helpful. It gets your body ready.”

Park also is in competitive cheer as a base.

The 2014-15 squad will be “half-and-half,” Park said, when it comes to older and younger girls. Teamwork, as always, will be critical for success.

Another senior is Karley Gudding, who is in her fourth year of cheer. Both she and Park focus on cheer as their only sport.

“We’re here helping the younger ones and getting myself ready for the coming season,” Gudding, a base, said. “It helps us a lot, it definitely prepares your body and warms everything up and gets us ready to actually do something. It helps the younger ones a lot too. We don’t have middle school anymore, so it helps them understand.”

Gudding enjoys the diversity of the sport.

“It keeps me busy,” she said. “We’re not just strictly running or throwing the ball around. We have to make sure our tumbles are on the spot. We have to make sure we have another person to help us.”