TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur cheerleading squad will compete in the Region I Championships today at Wheeling Park High School.
The competition will begin at 2 p.m.
Like every other team in the county, the cheerleading squad has had to deal with COVID-19 issues and interruptions as the county has been orange four of the last five weeks.
“My girls have been very cautious about following the guidelines,” remarked head coach Christina Nestor. “They have taken extra precautions by wearing their masks and staying six feet apart when needed to be. The girls have worked together and are big supports for each other. We spend a lot of time talking about the whys and what ifs. A lot of team discussions. As a team we take the time to listen to each other fears, concerns and ups and downs.”
Nestor said her squad has kept a positive attitude during this up and down season.
“The girls have had a positive mind set,” noted Nestor. “Some extra conditioning never hurts. They have a goal to stay healthy and compete. They are very focused.”
B-U will join seven other Region I teams today – Bridgeport, Brooke, John Marshall, Morgantown, Preston, University and Wheeling Park.
“Every one of those teams wants to win,” stated Nestor. “We want to hit a solid routine, do the best we can and along the way have some fun and show good sportsmanship.”
Nestor said those in attendance today will see a fast-paced performance from her team.
“Our fans will see a totally different style of cheer this season, with the elimination of stunts, it’s like doing two minutes of solid aerobics with no time to breath, some phenomenal tumbling in the process. Our fans will see positive attitudes and a hard work ethic. It is reflected on the floor every day.”
According to Nestor, the team has been practicing two to three hours a day, six days a week preparing for this event.
Following today’s regional event, the team will compete in the Big 10 Championships Wednesday at noon at East Fairmont High School.
Usually the conference meet happens before the regional meet in other sports.
“I don’t know why cheerleading has the regional before the conference competition,” noted Nestor. “I guess it gives those teams that don’t make states an opportunity to win a title.”
Nestor said regardless of how her team does at the two competitions, she is proud of everything they have accomplished this season.
“As a coach I have seen these young ladies overcome several obstacles,” concluded Nestor. “From the delay of our season, to partial remote to full remote to being orange and having to test to even compete. This team has bonded on a level that would make any coaches heart smile. I am so proud of the way they handle themselves through all of this day-to-day confusion. They are an amazing group of young ladies and cheerleaders.”
Making up the B-U cheer squad this year are seniors Brenna Perry and Kaitlyn Williams, juniors Emma Pumphrey, Madison Grose and Madison Brown, sophomores Laurel Metheney, Taylor Given, Josephine Fealy, Dezirae Pugh, Kaitlyn Lantz and freshman Kara Conrad.