This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on a member of the Riverbank High Cheer Squad, senior Kairi Fletcher, who participates in a spring sport in her time away from her regular duties.
Those who assume that cheerleaders are not athletes should turn out to their practices or observe a performance. They practice just as hard and just as often as other sports teams.
Football Cheer / Basketball Cheer
A fall football cheerleader, Fletcher also doubled back into the winter season, moving from the field to indoors on the basketball courts, continuing the squad’s activities, spurring on the boys varsity teams to do their best work.
Powder Puff Football
Homecoming Week activities during football season saw many of the cheerleaders, including Fletcher, turning out to play flag football at the annual Powder Puff Game. They seemed to put their all into the game, but it ended in a tie score.
Track & Field
Since cheerleading only happens in fall and winter, Fletcher was set to compete this spring, for her final high school sports season, on the Bruin co-ed track and field team, but was thwarted by the necessary reaction to the COVID-19 crisis that shut down the school year.
She was able to compete in the Bruin Challenge, the intramural event that kicks off the spring season, then in the only three-way track meet that Riverbank was able to host this year, before the closure of schools and the cancellation of the rest of the schedule.
Next week, the spotlight will feature 2020 senior Abel Bravo.