By: Donna Thomas
Special to the Sun
Photos by: Donna Thomas
“Lean to the left, Lean to the right, Stand Up, Sit Down, Fight, Fight, Fight. Go Team.” Chanted the K.V. Youth Cheerleaders, as they excited the crowd and had them on their feet during practice today.
The KV Youth Football and Cheerleaders is a non-profit organization in Lake Isabella, run by volunteers. They have a Football team and Cheerleading Squad comprised of local children from the community.
Tiffany Roberts Cheer Director has been a volunteer with the group for a year and has her cheer squad looking good. She not only does the choreography she also makes up the formations, routines and cheers using various music. Many duties encompass this position and with the help of Assistant Director Michele Hurst they keep the cheerleaders in step with the routines and smiles on their faces.
The Cheerleaders known as the KV Broncs are made up of five divisions.
The Mascots, ages two, three, and four years old participate during games doing cheers and arm movements. Head Coach Kim Rollf is assisted by Natasha Mitchell, are keeping the little ones in step.
Freshman division, Head Coach Sara Martinez, Assistant Coach Shannon Phillips and Jennifer Martinez have 20 cheerleaders ages five to eight years old.
Sophomore Coaches, Head Coach Kathy Liske and Assistant Coach Cassie Elliott have 18 Cheerleaders ages eight to ten years old.
Junior Varsity division, Head Coach Heather Beam, Assistant Coach Lindsey Hurley and Jr. Coach Aryan Meyers have 13 Cheerleaders ages 10 to 12 years old. One being a boy named Bradley Whitman, who is the Mascot that wears a horse head outfit.
Varsity division, Head Coach Brittney Milligan, Assistant Coach Shawna Mercier and Jr. Coaches Bailey Hurst and Hailee Mercier have 9 cheerleaders ages 12 to 14 years old.
All of the volunteer coaches are teaching leadership skills and the five elements of cheerleading that includes tumbling, stunts, pyramids, and tosses all in a routine. They have a busy schedule this season. Their first home game is September 14. Mark your calendar for a special Home Coming Game October 19 as they will present a King and Queen.
The cheerleaders practice three days a week and are working hard on routines for the Super Bowl and Cheer competition on November 16. This is a big deal for them as they will compete against the entire Valley Youth Football League. First place receives a trophy or metal. Everyone is welcome to come watch the games.
Give Me A….V-I-C-T-O-R-Y……..Go Team!