The Muskie cheerleaders tried to spread around a little spirit here last weekend as they hosted about 50 girls in a first-time seminar at the Fort High gym.
Most of the girls on hand were in grades six through eight but head coach Joyce Scott said four from Rainy River High School also took part.
Scott, who helped organize the seminar along with Sherin Hagen, noted RRHS is trying to start up a cheerleading program similar to the one at Fort High, and will be getting a more "one-on-one approach" from four-six Muskies out there in about a month’s time.
But this past weekend was intended to give the girls an introduction to dances, chants, stunts, tumbling, and cheers while doing a daily warmup before each session, said Scott.
The idea of the two-day workout, she added, was to create more interest in cheerleading in Northwestern Ontario, particularly in the grades leading up to high school.
"We wanted to reach a lot of new girls who had never seen cheerleading in grades six, seven and eight--and it worked," enthused Scott.
"I thought it went excellent. We had girls asking when there was going to be another one," she noted, adding participants also were given a T-shirt and certificate.
Scott also said the gym was "packed with about 125 parents" for a performance late Sunday afternoon, creating an atmosphere that left organizers optimistic for future cheerleading seminars and competitions.
"We’d still like to see more [cheerleading] teams in NorWOSSA," she stressed. "Right now, there’s Sioux Lookout, Kenora, Dryden, the Muskies, and Ignace we’re not quite sure about."
The Muskies will see their first competition of the season at the Ice Breaker Invitational in Winnipeg in December.