The Cleveland Middle School cheerleaders recently visited Creekridge, the home of Janie and Allan Jones, for Yuletide hot chocolate and to witness “Creekridge at Christmas.” Gincy …
The Cleveland Middle School cheerleaders recently visited Creekridge, the home of Janie and Allan Jones, for Yuletide hot chocolate and to witness “Creekridge at Christmas.”
Gincy Pendergrass, a seventh-grade CMS cheerleader, hosted the event and then the group did a city tour of Christmas decorations.
They were celebrating the end of the football season, as well as a successful middle school wrestling season, in which the wrestling team had another undefeated year.
“Cheerleaders are an essential element of winning that most wrestling programs fail to understand,” said local wrestling enthusiast Allan Jones, whose family foundation helps fund both Cleveland’s Higher Calling and the Bradley Pride Youth Wrestling Club.
The two clubs feed Lake Forest Middle and Cleveland Middle schools.
Jones added, “The last dual meet between the two schools both had 18 cheerleaders each that created the best middle school wrestling match atmosphere I have ever seen!”
Jones said after the match he was told by the referee he had never witnessed this level of skill at two middle schools. The referee also praised the atmosphere the combined 36 cheerleaders created, Jones pointed out.
“It’s Cleveland's and Bradley’s secret weapon,” Jones said. “Higher Calling, Cleveland Middle and Cleveland High are all ranked No. 1 in wrestling in Tennessee again this year. Bradley had a three-year rein before, while Cleveland was the runner-up."
Megan Carroll, the CMS cheer coach, said, “In four years, Cleveland vs. Bradley will be a wrestling barnburner and you will see most of these girls mat-side!”
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