Cheerleaders recover from hurricane

The cheerleading team missed two basketball games and almost two weeks of practice, due to Hurricane Matthew. And because of the missed practices, the cheerleaders could see their skills erode.

“We do stretch every practice,” seventh-grader Maddie C. said. “When we don’t stretch frequently, we start to lose our flexibility,”  

Sophomore Ava Russo also lamented lost time.

“Practices help me stretch out, work on my skills and get stronger,” she said. “Even missing one day of stretching and working out can really affect your skills and your jumps.”  

 Russo did manage to work on her skills at home during the three days off from school.

 “ I definitely stretched as much as I could, even though we didn’t have power,” Russo said. “ And when I got bored, I practiced some of my routine moves.”

Coach Carrie Wadzinski said those at-home workouts will come in handy.

“It should only take us a couple practices before the cheerleaders are back to where they were,” she said.

By Sophia Pliego

Editor’s note: Brevard Public Schools policy prohibits the inclusion of middle-schoolers’ last names on district-sponsored websites.