Cheerleading forgotten?

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

After all the basketball games, the STAC cheerleading competitions, the cheers and tears after winning it all or going home empty handed, the sport of cheerleading for the most part has now been forgotten. Especially in this school year of extreme disputes over cheerleading, all involving the “Pudish Precedent” (as first seen here at The Warrior Report), the sport is now over and won’t return until next football season.

In front of a packed house at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, our Chenango Valley Warriors placed second in a competition with other schools from the Southern Tier Athletic Conference on Sunday – a day packed with classic rock tunes given new “techno beats.” For close to five hours, girls and a handful of boys lit up the Arena stage with basketball cheers and dance moves, while always trying to obey strict cheerleading regulations.

Although parents, students, and cheerleaders alike all attended to support each other with warm hugs and friendly smiles (fake or real), there was no mention or discussion of the cheerleading dispute that has painted the pages of the Press and Sun Bulletin’s Opinion section ever since it began. In a time where political correctness and civil liberties are far more important that traditional practices, it is no wonder that a civil liberties activist could bring up a non-issue, and make it an issue.

The front page of The New York Times is a forum for major news, world happenings that shape our generation, people, places, and events that truly matter. This basketball season, on the very same page that New York City, and the rest of the world read about the sinking of the Titanic, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the death of JFK, this blurb was seen:

“Thirty girls signed up for the cheerleading squad this winter at Whitney Point High School in upstate New York. But upon learning they would be waving their pompoms for the girls’ basketball team as well as the boys’, more than half of the aspiring cheerleaders dropped out.”

The four that were left on the Whitney Point team competed at competition this past Sunday – they didn’t place. I thought that the “STAC Spirit Award” should have been given to these hardworking, courageous, and outnumbered athletes. Is the decision that made twenty-six girls not participate in a sport that they love a fair trade-off to regulate the so called “civil liberties” that were “taken away” from girls’ basketball players that did not have cheerleaders in attendance at their games?

I’ll let you decide.

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