The 2018 South Whidbey fall cheer team — front row, left to right: Charlotte Gloster, Erin Brewer; middle row: Niki Greene, Calyna Saephan, Trinity Krouse; back Row: Bronte Patty-Caldwell, Ericka Simmons, Ella Bueler, Emma Patty-Caldwell; not pictured: Maya Tschetter. (Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

The 2018 South Whidbey fall cheer team — front row, left to right: Charlotte Gloster, Erin Brewer; middle row: Niki Greene, Calyna Saephan, Trinity Krouse; back Row: Bronte Patty-Caldwell, Ericka Simmons, Ella Bueler, Emma Patty-Caldwell; not pictured: Maya Tschetter. (Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

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Cheer

It will be a successful cheer season if…?

“There is no if,” coach Savannah Turner said. “They will be successful in everything they do. (They are) going into this year with a positive attitude, kindness and hard work. (I’m) so excited to see what these ladies can accomplish this season.”

Turner’s goal for her team plays directly into the “failure is not an option” mantra.

She wants to strengthen her squad both mentally and physically.

“A strong mind and a strong body — showing them if they push themselves nothing can stop them,” she said. “There is no goal too big.”

Leadership for the squad will be provided by co-captains and returning seniors Erin Brewer and Niki Green. Also back are juniors Ella Bueler and Bronte Patty-Caldwell and sophomores Ericka Simmons and Calya Saephan.

Newcomers are junior Emma Patty-Caldwell and freshmen Maya Tschetter, Charlotte Gloster and Trinity Krouse.

“We are really coming together as a team this year and learning to work in a cohesive manner, which strengthens every aspect of cheerleading,” Turner said.

One of the challenges facing the team, according to Turner, is “learning to work as one person while stunting.”

“Timing is everything when you’re throwing around girls in the air,” she added.