Cheerleading team makes the most of restricted season


Submitted Katelyn Norsworthy

The Algonquin cheerleading team cheers at a football game at Shrewsbury during this past season. The team continued to stay motivated despite COVID-related challenges.

Jessie Lambert, Managing Editor

Although the cheerleading team had a shortened season this past year due to COVID-19, they still managed to make the most of their time together.

The team’s main events consisted of cheering at the football games, as there were no competitions for the Fall 2 season due to COVID regulations. Still, senior captains Lucy McGlynn and Chloe Truong led their team with the same optimistic attitude as past years. 

“Just being with the team again was amazing and the biggest highlight overall because we didn’t know if that would even happen,” McGlynn said. “Otherwise, the last game when the football team won against Westborough was so positive and was a really great way to end the season.” 

McGlynn also credits her teammates for creating an encouraging environment. 

“Every girl has a ‘can do’ attitude and the determination from each of us has really taken practices to a new level in regards to trying new skills,” McGlynn said. “The confidence we have in each other definitely makes us stronger together.”

Although team members were disappointed that they could not compete, there were some positive aspects of this modified season, including a decrease in stress. 

“I always get super stressed at competitions, just because I’m nervous I’ll mess up, so not having competitions this season is, of course, a little boring but has taken some of that stress off,” junior Kristina Callahan said. 

Meanwhile, due to the change in timing, there were conflicts with participation. 

“We have issues with having a solid group of people because of the timing of the season,” junior Allia Covino said. “A lot of people we usually have on the team couldn’t do the Fall 2 season.” 

McGlynn said that another challenge for the team has been team bonding because of COVID. 

“It’s been really hard to get together for team bonding without team sleepovers and activities outside of practices,” McGlynn said. “It’s been harder to get to know newer people on the team. Now, we are all close, but it just took a lot longer than usual.” 

Although there have been considerable challenges, Callahan is hopeful for the spring season, in which the team will get to compete. 

“I’m excited to compete again just because I haven’t in so long,” Callahan said. “Just doing competitions is going to be super fun, even though they are going to be virtual.” 

McGlynn, who is the captain for the spring season as well, adds on to Callahan’s hopes for the team. 

“I hope to get a solid routine done and be proud of how we will compete in such little time to prepare,” McGlynn said. “I’m also really hoping this season will prepare more girls for a fuller season next year.”