February 20, 2006 |
Siobhan Latta thought her expectations were high. Apparently, they weren't high enough. Latta, a Father Judge cheerleading coach, wanted her squad to make the super varsity finals at the National High School Cheerleading Championships. But the Crusaders did much more than reach the finals of the large-school portion. Father Judge placed fourth in the competition, held Feb. 10 to Feb. 12 at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. Cardinal O'Hara, which also reached the finals, finished 15th.
February 4, 1997 |
Members of the Lindenboro Chargers' most senior cheerleading unit get something to jump up and down about when they retire. As a reward for boosting the 135-pound midget football team through the season, Lindenboro sends its departing veterans to Disney World each year. Fund-raising drives are held to pay for the trip, and this season 10 of the 15 cheerleaders for the 135s were able to make the trip, which was taken during the third week of January for five days. "Many of them have been with us since they were 7, and they put a lot of hard work in," said Mary Levering, one of the head coaches of the 135s cheerleaders and president of the Lindenboro Chargers cheerleading organization.
February 15, 2007 |
Wil Reynolds wanted to give cheerleaders for Philadelphia a voice. So he gave them Phillyblog.com as a bullhorn. Reynolds, founder of the Internet marketing firm Seer Interactive, co-founded Philly-blog.com in November 2002 with Jennifer Kronstain, chief executive of KMG Worldwide. It now has more than 12,000 members. Q. How did you get into blogging? A. Since I work with the Internet every day, it seemed natural. I really love Philly, so part of the reason why I started Philly blog.
December 24, 2002
IN THE Dec. 12 edition, we were asked to vote for our favorite Eagles cheerleader squad. Why in a city with an African-American mayor, fire commissioner, police commissioner, where the majority of residents are African-American, with an Eagles team that is at least 75 percent African-American, and the star player (Donovan McNabb) is also African- American - why is this cheerleading squad about 10 percent African-American? Did my black sisters not show up for the audition? T. Parker Sicklerville, N.J. The unplowed Northeast I was so relieved to read that Frank Keel got home safely to Montgomery County during the city's latest snowstorm.
December 22, 1991 |
The other members of the Philadelphia 76ers Dream Team look up to Maryann Wenger in more than one sense. Not only is the Burlington Township woman one of the tallest members of the team at 5-foot-8, but her sister cheerleaders, she said, "call me the grandmom," because at a geriatric 28, she's senior to the 14 other members of the squad. In July, Wenger beat out plenty of younger tryout rivals in making the team, earning the dubious right to endure preseason practices two to three times a week.
May 3, 1987 |
Representatives from the Monroe Township Midget Football cheerleading association have filed charges with Township Council against the Midget Football Organization, contending that the cheerleaders are victims of discrimination. The representatives, most of them mothers of cheerleaders, said that the cheerleaders are being discriminated against in everything from registration fees to the size of trophies awarded at the end of the season. At the council meeting on April 20, the director of cheerleading, Sharon Fillis, whose daughter is one of the organization's 72 cheerleaders, presented a two-page report listing 12 instances of bias by the Midget Football Organization.
November 10, 2005 |
For three days now, the NFL-cheerleaders-gone-wild story coming out of Florida has been hot, hot, hot on the Internet. Keywords? Cheerleaders. Lesbian sex. Cat fight. The facts? Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders - Angela Keathley, 26, and Renee Thomas, 20 - allegedly had sex Sunday in a bathroom stall of a nightclub in Tampa, then came out swinging, sparking a barroom scuffle. Talk about getting your game on. For guys, it's a dream sequence straight out of Pay-Per-View.
December 23, 1990 |
The Bensalem school board Wednesday evening faced a group well-trained in being passionately vocal. About 20 Bensalem High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders protested a recent school decision to ban "mounts" from their repertoire. " 'No one hits the ground' is our overall motto," said Nicole Henry, a senior on the varsity squad and a student school board representative. "Safety is the issue here, but that is also our major concern. " In dispute is the safety of certain routines in which performers stand atop a pyramid of shoulders high above what can be a hardwood basketball court or a cinder track.
August 10, 2010 |
Not players. Not coaches. Not fans. Under "NFL KICKOFF!" the cover of Maxim magazine gives top billing to "CHEERLEADERS ON TRAMPOLINES. " Featured in photos are only four airborne dancers - and one is from the Eagles. She's Ivelisse Rivera, 22, dental assistant, Hammonton High grad, Atlantic County resident, and three-year veteran of the Bird's sideline squad. Two years ago, another Eagles enthusiaser, Janelle Stangl, appeared in Maxim, sporting little more than an Eagles towel.
March 20, 2012 |
Players come and go - and so do cheerleaders. Every year, hundreds of young women compete to make the Eagles' squad of stadium sideline dancers that has been ranked among the best in the NFL. This year, the first round of tryouts is Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. "The auditions are going to be competitive!" said Barbara Zaun, the team's director of cheerleading. "We had 275 women attend the optional pre-audition workshops that we hosted earlier this month so we are expecting a good turnout," she said.