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Spotlight Shines On RHS Cheer Squad’s Fletcher
Riverbank High senior Kairi Fletcher, here on the right end of the cheer line, gives her all in a series of dance moves that are part of the Bruins’ halftime routine. The football version of the cheer squad performed at most home games and a few on the road during the 2019 gridiron season. Ric McGinnis/The News

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.

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Switching around to playing on defense, Riverbank senior Kairi Fletcher reaches to snag the flag of an opponent during last fall’s Homecoming Powder Puff flag football game. Ric McGinnis/The News
Lady Bruin Kairi Fletcher, on right, competes on the RHS track during the recent Bruin Challenge, an intramural team building activity organized for the beginning of the track and field season. Here, she is participating in the three-legged race, back in the first week of March. Ric McGinnis/The News