Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NHS cheerleaders get set for beg competitions

Taylor Selbst
Staff Writer

The New Hope Solebury cheer squad began their season in the beginning of November, but they aren’t going to be just cheering for basketball this year. This year the cheer squad will be attending a handful of competitions, even more than last year. There are 15 girls on the squad and many of the girls are new to cheer leading. Everyone has been working really hard to train the new members of the team and get ready for upcoming competitions.  
  The first competition the squad will be competing in is on Jan. 11. This competition is very important to the team because it determines whether or not they go to states. Head coach Nicole Kerr will be teaching the squad their 2 minute 30 second routine. The routine will include a cheer, dance, several stunts, and a variety of jumps. The event will be very competitive because everyone is trying to make it to states. In between qualifiers and states the squad will be participating in many other competitions to help them improve.  
 In addition to getting ready for competitions, the squad is getting ready for basketball season. They will be performing their routine at halftime, cheering on the sidelines, as well as doing a few stunts during timeouts and between quarters. Junior, Lauren Mangano says “I am very excited for this season because of how much the team has progressed since last year.” Coach Kerr and assistant coach, Dotty Kerr are hoping for a very successful season as well.

Preparing for the "Granddaddy of Them All"

Nina Coughlin and Jacqui Vergis
Staff Writers

An annual college football bowl game played on January 1st (or January 2nd if New Year’s day falls on a sunday) known as “The Granddaddy of Them All” is called the Rose Bowl. Played in Pasadena, California, the Rose Bowl has been the highest attended college football game since 1945. The 2014 Rose Bowl is going to be the 100th Rose Bowl game. This is a special football game showcasing two prestigious teams that have earned their way to prove themselves as the best.
The two teams competing in the 2014 rose bowl are the Michigan State Spartans(12-1) and the Stanford Cardinals(11-2). The Spartans being directed by head coach Mark Dantonio, and as for the Cardinals, head coach David Shaw. Both teams are currently preparing and resting up for the big game.
The 2014 Rose Bowl should be the game to watch. Both teams have similar playing strategies with the nation's number 1 (Michigan) and number 3 (Sandford) rush defenses and the number 4 and number 10 scoring defenses. In the long run the Cardinals are playing to uphold their reputation as Rose Bowl champs two years running, and as for the Spartans, preparing to break a winning streak.
Tune in to watch the big game on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 on ESPN network at 5 p.m. ET.