Best of both worlds: Edmonds-Woodway JV cheer squad gives team time for everything
High school students are busy. Between classes, homework, teams and extra curricular activities, choices have to be made about who can do what and when. This year, a few girls who interested in joining the Warriors cheerleading squad, but hoping to find a way to stay active in other events, the JV cheer team was created.
While varsity cheerleading requires a lot of time and commitment, the JV team specifically allows it’s members to do other things, like play on the soccer team.
“The biggest on was to be able to include more girls on the team,” said Edmonds-Woodway cheer coach Brianne Sturm. “By adding JV we’ve taken the program from 12 girls to 31. It’s been really great.”
This year’s JV squad includes 12 members, ranging from freshman to juniors. The team cheers at all JV home football games, and will begin cheering at JV basketball games in the winter.
“It’s been great, the girls and I really look at it as a whole team, but with two different responsibilities,” said Sturm.
Patty Tomsett’s eldest daughter was a member of the varsity cheer team at Edmonds-Woodway, but cheering meant she was unable to play soccer for the Warriors after her freshman year, something she missed.
“She was extremely busy with cheer and loved it, but she also missed playing soccer,” said Tomsett. “So, when the JV squad was created, my younger daughter was very excited because she could then do both cheer and soccer.”
Though Claire Tomsett is very busy, between soccer practice every day, cheering at football games and cheer practice, on top of her other school requirements, her mother said she loves it.
The JV team practices just twice a week, part of the reason the team members have time to do other things. They also work with the Sparkles cheer team and participate in community events such as the Edmonds Fourth of July parade, as well as working with younger girls during camps throughout the year.
Another added benefit, the cheering squad helps support and bring attention to the other JV teams at the school.
“Having a JV cheer squad will hopefully bring more attention and fans to JV sporting events,” said Tomsett. “These athletes work just as hard and sometimes they don’t get the coverage that varsity sports do. When watching a JV football game, it’s obvious that the football team, coaches and even referees appreciate the girls being out there and cheering them on.”
Both the JV and varsity squads will display their hard work this fall with an integrated routine during the Warriors homecoming assembly in front of the whole school.
“I’m biased because I’ve done cheer and I’m a coach, but I think it’s amazing experience and gives the girls confidence and gives them the feeling of being apart of a team,” said Sturm. She said sometimes younger students in high school can feel like they don’t fit in, and if being apart of the JV team can help with that, she’s happy.
“I want them to have a sense of community and give back,” she said.
The homecoming assembly will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the school.