COQUILLE — The Coquille cheer team has a mix of experience and newcomers this year
On one end are seniors Kyla Berg, Lily Bergsteadt and Yasmina Turi, who all have been with the team at least three years.
On the other end are a bunch of sophomores who are first-year cheerleaders, plus a junior and a freshman, all new to the competition team
“We’re new and we’re green,” coach Melissa Hogan said. “As far as the skill level we’re acquiring, we’re doing good.”
The Red Devils compete in the Class 3A-2A-1A division, where the top three teams this year have been Central Linn and private schools Cascade Christian and Delphian. The state championship is Saturday at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Hogan isn’t sure Coquille can compete for the top trophies this year, but likes that she has a good group of young athletes.
“We can build from this,” she said, adding that Coquille will be able to do more difficult stunts as the new girls get more experience.
“I’m not sure how it’s going to go this year,” Hogan said. “Next year, we should have a solid chance.”
Berg, the team’s captain, is proud of how Coquille has done, especially since the squad has faced adversity of losing a few members along the way, requiring changes to the routine.
“I think my team is doing really well,” she said. “We’re working really hard.
“The new kids all have come a long way since the beginning.”
Coquille is one of 12 teams in Class 3A-2A-1A. The division competes in the morning, along with the Class 4A teams.
The session starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Coquille is scheduled to be on the mat at 10:30.
“I’m excited, but I’m nervous,” Berg said. “We’ve been working really hard.”
In addition to the three seniors, the team includes junior Anna Cearley; sophomores Cierra Prince, Sammie Huffman, Esha Patel, Macie Ford and Jessica Rowe; and freshman Ashleigh Fedderson.