SPRING VALLEY – The University of Wisconsin football team and its fans won’t be the only Wisconsinites traveling to Orlando, Fla. for the Capitol One Bowl Game on New Year’s Day.
The Spring Valley High School cheerleading squad flew south to take part in the pregame festivities with thousands of other cheerleaders from throughout the county before the Badgers took on the University of South Carolina in 70,000-seat Citrus Bowl Stadium.
“Many of us were already packed to go down because we’re so excited about it,” SVHS cheerleader and senior Jade Jacobson said before the game. “We were hoping they (UW) would get picked for the bowl game and now we’re really pumped up to be going there.”
The team consists of members Morgan Fahrlander, Jade Jacobson, Savanna Klinger, Brittany Larson, Raelin Robertson, Hannah Silverling and Sonja Zupancic along with coaches Darcy Larrieu and Chastity Krings. They attended a UCA (United Cheer Association) camp this past July and were invited to take part in UCA sponsored activities during Capital One Bowl Week and the pregame show.
“We worked really hard at camp to get the invitation,” Jacobson said. “They awarded us for our leadership, spirit and skill.”
The SVHS squad also worked hard in the Spring Valley community to raise the money to sponsor their trip. They did car washes, sold raffle tickets, worked food stands at sporting events and at Dam Days and operated a Haunted House in town.
“This is a high quality squad,” Coach Larrieu said. “They could do well in a lot of cheer competitions but the dates of them conflict with the sports schedule for football and wrestling and they’ve chosen to stay and cheer for the football and wrestling teams. So this is a great opportunity to show what they can do.”
The squad flew down to Orlando on Dec. 29. They took part in three practices for their performance but also took time to visit Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks.