May 27, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head cheerleading coach Kim Cherry has announced her squad for the upcoming 2008-09 athletic season. The selections were made from the open try-outs held on campus back on April 18-20.
Next year's Catamount cheerleading squad consists of seven seniors, five juniors, five sophomores and seven freshmen, with 14 of the 24 returning from a year ago with a total of 16 having collegiate cheerleading experience on the team.
"We had a very successful tryout packed with talent that resulted in us keeping 24, the biggest team we have had in a long time," said Cherry, who is a 2001 graduate of WCU. "This new group of outstanding freshmen will join an experienced and talented returning group leaving us with high expectations."
She added, "We are continuing to build this program and look forward to getting started with our first summer practice in June. We are already looking forward to opening night in Cullowhee."
The WCU Cheerleaders have two primary objectives; to help promote school spirit and add to the game day experiences of all Catamount athletics, and to be the best in the Southern Conference. The WCU cheerleaders perform at all home and select away Catamount football games, as well as during both Catamount and Lady Catamount basketball home games. The cheerleaders also traditionally perform at the annual Southern Conference men's and women's basketball championships.
The cheerleaders will have several summer training opportunities in preparation for the fall season, which commences with the first Catamount home football game on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 pm when WCU hosts Shorter College at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
Western Carolina Cheer Squad 2008-2009
Jessie Wilson, Sr., Conyers, GA (Heritage HS)
Justin Conley, Sr., Franklin, NC (Franklin HS)
Katie Vogel, Sr., Clemmons, NC (West Forsyth HS)
Carrie Smith, Sr., Norwood, NC (South Stanley HS)
Kelley Urban, Sr., Raleigh, NC (Leesville Road HS)
Chase Holleman, Sr., Havelock, NC (Havelock HS)
Shawna Moriarty, Sr., Marshall, NC (Madison HS)
Lacey Canada, Jr., Chapin, SC (Chapin HS)
Kerrianne Mack, Jr., Londonderry, NH (Londonderry HS)
Amber Spanton, Jr., Asheville, NC (North Buncombe HS)
Candace Parnell, Jr., Hampton, NH (Winnacunnet HS)
Ashley Morgan, Jr., Sylva, NC (Smoky Mountain HS)
Seana Justice, So., Hickory, NC (St. Stephens HS)
Haley Rogers, So., Leicester, NC (Erwin HS)
Brittany Hall, So., Dallas, NC (North Gaston HS)
Brooke Sides, So., Concord, NC (Concord HS)
Kristin Beeker, So., Lincolnton, NC (West Lincoln HS)
Brittany LeSieur, Fr., Raleigh, NC (Leesville Road HS)
Kristina Culmer, Fr., Mooresville, NC (Mooresville HS)
Kortne Walsh, Fr., Hayesville, NC (Hayesville HS)
Jonathan Hough, Fr., China Grove, NC (Jesse C. Carson HS)
Janelle Midgett, Fr., Sylva, NC (Smoky Mountain HS)
Kari Mauck, Fr., Robbinsville, NC (Robbinsville HS)
Deidra Pierce, Fr., Winston Salem, NC (Ledford HS)