Dave Maxwell Lincoln County High School cheerleaders go through one of their acrobatic routines at a recent game.

Dave Maxwell
Lincoln County High School cheerleaders go through one of their acrobatic routines at a recent game.

Sarah Butler, co-captain of the Lincoln County High School cheerleading team says “cheering is my passion.” A four-year member of the cheerleading squad, Butler said advisor Gretchen Soderborg and assistant Heidi Whimple have “really helped us revamp our stunting, acrobatic tricks, and taught us a few dances.”

Fellow senior co-captain Asia Frehner said she and Butler often alternate calling cheers sometimes. I do it one game, she does it for another. We help choreograph the dances and make decisions for our squad. It has been an exciting year for us, the girls have done really well.”

Butler wanted to also give a special thanks to members of the pep band “because they are always our biggest supporters.”

Local fan Gary McBride, who does not have a relative on the squad, said he and other Lincoln fans have noticed the talent of the team this year. “I don’t think I’ve seen cheerleaders at the high school level as good as what we are seeing locally, or even in Vegas. There have been games down there when the girls performed that they got big ovations from the other team’s fans. They’re really impressive.”

Soderborg said the girls are very dedicated, coming about 6 a.m. each morning for practice, while at the same time maintaining high academic standards.

The squad is likely to perform for some of the halftime entertainment at the girls Southern Division III League tournament next week at Chaparral and Desert Pines High in Las Vegas, and hopefully also at the state tournament at the Lawlor Center at UNR.