By: Caitlin Skolozdra
Hamden High Cheerleaders inspire the crowds at football and girls and boys basketball games, but they are also a competitive sport in and of themselves. Three days a week, they practice old and new cheers, sharpen skills, and learn new stunts and pyramids as well as perfecting others to ensure fluidity and safety in live performances and on the sidelines.
Fridays are game nights. For the last September game against Hillhouse, the cheerleaders traveled to Bowen Field, New Haven to lead the Hamden crowd of parents and fans in cheers to help encourage the football team as well as pump up their spirits from the start of the clock until the end. The girls also gave some sneak peaks of the stunts they have been working on including one called The Baja, in which they flip a girl over and catch her. The crowd was impressed!
Friday was an intense game as they went into halftime with a tied score of 6-6. As the night went on Hamden managed to score another touchdown and fans thought maybe this could be Hamden’s night for victory, but Hillhouse answered back with another touchdown of their own. Our fellow Green Dragons might have come home with a loss of 20-13, but they fought hard till the end. A shoutout goes to Hamden’s scorers of the night: Josh Marshak and John Mayes. Can’t wait to see what the cheerleaders and football players do at the next game.