WLHS Raider cheerleading full of spirit
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
Bleachers at Windsor Locks High School basketball games are full of cheers, chants and enthusiastic fans; all of which are led by head cheerleading coach Michelle Forthofer and her squad of talented athletes.
“My goal for the cheerleaders is for them to enjoy the sport,” Forthofer said. “I would love to see the squad do well at the Spirit Fest competition in March. They have worked hard this season and have goals of their own to fulfill. The two seniors have done so much to help make the transition easy for me, and they deserve to have a wonderful ending at Spirit Fest.
Camaraderie runs deep on the team. “The girls have come together as a squad with sleepovers and morale-boosting conversations, and that makes the squad stronger,” Forthofer said.
Believing the budding friendships and team-building activities will improve the cheerleaders’ skill set, Forthofer looks forward to fine-tuning her squad’s routines. “I would like to see the girls increase their stunting abilities. Of course, this comes with time, patience and lots of increased muscle strength. We have a lot of girls that are able to return next year for the season and hopefully we are able to improve our technical stunting next year,” the coach said.
Supporting both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball squads, the cheerleading team has a full schedule. “I was told that games against Suffield High School were intense and nothing could be further from the truth,” Forthofer said. She recalled a recent match-up: “I have never been to a game so filled with student pride as the girls’ and boys’ games against Suffield. We were very honored, proud and welcomed to ride the bus with the Windsor Locks basketball teams for the Suffield game in January. It was a great experience, and the cheerleaders had a lot of fun being there to cheer their school on.”
Windsor Locks cheerleaders can be seen at all home basketball games.
Windsor Locks High School Cheerleading Head Coach Michelle Forthofer
First season with this team.
Team strength: “We have the ability to try new things and work through the frustration to ultimately complete the task,” Forthofer said.
Seniors: Sabrina Scott and Brittany Dickson.
Complete schedule on www.wlps.org
Christina Szepanski, Junior: According to Forthofer, Szepanski exemplifies good sportsmanship and serves as a role model for others. “Christina is an asset to the team,” Forthofer said. “She has dedication, hard work and a never-give-up attitude. She encompasses all aspects of cheerleading, from sportsmanship, stunting and tumbling. She was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player for football season.”
Brittany Dickson, Senior: “Brittany has helped make my transition to coach welcoming and easy,” Forthofer said. “She set up a fundraiser with other cheerleaders and organized the squad’s warm-ups for football and matching warm-ups for basketball cheer practice. Her dedication with cheerleading is great and has helped build the squad’s routine for the competition. She was the recipient of the Coach’s Award for football season.”