GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat Cheerleading squad’s season ended last week.
The squad finished their season seventh in the Big 10 conference and landed a solid third place finish during this year’s Regional Competition, which was held on November 7. As with all the other coaches this year, Head Coach Chatera Morris had an uphill battle with the effects of COVID-19 this season.
“I feel that given the circumstances and guidelines we had to abide by this season and along with other changes to our sport, that this was a truly phenomenal year. I couldn’t be more proud of my girls, my coaches and my choreographers,” Morris expressed.
The Lady Bearcats Cheerleading program will be losing six seniors this year, but coach Morris isn’t worried saying, “Next year I’m obviously hoping for things to get back to normal. But I know no matter what, our team will make great things happen.”
She is encouraging her team to work on their tumbling and strength building during the off season, as both are a core part of the Lady Bearcats philosophy.
“Due to the lack of opportunities close to our community for cheerleading we struggle a bit in this department,” Morris explained.
However, she remains confident in their off-season plan as her and Assistant Coach Alyssa Duckworth have already developed a plan for the off season that will help them.
“One thing Alyssa and I forced upon our girls this year was that we didn’t focus on beating the other teams, we just focused our girls on being better than they were the day before. I truly think that it sank in for them like I know it did for us,” said Morris.
As Coach Morris reflected on this past year she summed it up by saying, “Honestly, I’m so proud of all my athletes, and I think they all truly made great strides and personal accomplishments this year. I look forward to seeing what next year will bring!”