Nerves flashed minutes before the Cheer Tigers’ home debut as they paraded from a practice room above the Commerce High School gymnasium floor.
Some cheerleaders fought the urge to glance at the large crowds below. Others didn’t bother trying. They looked at the stands and their mouths dropped open slightly. Many people gazed at them, too.
“We were worried about hitting our routine,” senior Ann Drinkard said. “It’s a lot different when you’re in front of your own crowd. It’s more pressure.”