MCHS senior football cheerleaders make mark

Theo Tate

Korrin Zerr, from left, Tabitha Malloy, Valerie Kueny, Jade Daugherty and Emiliee Bell made up the senior class on the Montgomery County football cheerleading squad this fall. THEO TATE PHOTO

Tabitha Malloy never thought she would be bundled up in a sweatshirt, sweatpants and a big blue coat in her final home game as a Montgomery County football cheerleader on Oct. 23.

“It’s too cold,” the senior captain said.

But Malloy was happy to be cheering all four years for a MCHS football team that finished with its second straight winning season this fall.

“It’s fun,” Malloy said. “I get to meet new people every year, get to know every single one of the girls, and get to be their friend and know them better.”

Malloy, Emiliee Bell, Jade Daugherty, Valerie Kueny and Korrin Zerr made up the senior class of the MCHS football cheerleading team, which also had six juniors and five freshmen. Malloy and Bell shared captain duties with junior Makenzie Woods.

“It’s been really fun,” Zerr said. “I stayed in it because it was a happy place to be and I get to spend time with all of my friends.”

The seniors were honored with gifts during halftime of the Wildcats’ home season finale against North Callaway on Oct. 23 at Jim Blacklock Field. Bell said she enjoyed being the team’s captain this year.

“You get to be a mama bear to everybody and you get to share memories with everybody,” she said. “You get to meet new people and help them guide their way throughout cheer in high school.”

All five seniors joined the squad when they were freshmen. Daugherty said head coach Kim Clements was helpful to her and her senior teammates all four years.

“I think she’s really nice,” Daugherty said. “She’s not a super strict coach. She tries to make everything fun for us.”

Zerr said she enjoyed senior night on Aug. 28, when all of the football players, cheerleaders, band members and other athletes were recognized before the season-opening game against Hermann.

“I was happy to get to walk around the stage and walk across the field with my parents,” Zerr said. “Being recognized like that was a moment that everybody will never forget.”

The seniors had their last game as cheerleaders on Nov. 6, when MCHS lost to North Callaway 50-49 in overtime in a Class 2 district semifinal game on the road.

Kueny said she was happy with the way the football team played this fall. The Wildcats finished 7-4 after starting off 1-2.

“I’m really happy to be able to represent Montgomery football,” Kueny said. “It’s been really fun. I’m really proud of the boys on how far they’ve come all four years. They’ve done really good.”

Kueny and Malloy are members of the MCHS basketball cheerleading team this winter.



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