By: Jessica FarrishHeartland News Service
October 14, 2012
NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley cheerleaders are the defending Class AA state champs, but they won’t get the chance to defend that title. Instead, Tug Valley will be in the Class A division this year.
The school dropped down to Class Single A this season after the WVSSAC released the new enrollment figures last spring.
Head coach Tara Deskins said her squad will now compete in Region 3.
“So we need all of our wonderful fans to come out and cheer us on. We compete at 10 am at Riverside High School on Saturday, November 3. The doors will open at 9:00 am. We would like to invite everyone to come out to support us at our community night which is Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 pm at the Tug Valley gymnasium,” Deskins said.
“This is my fifth year coaching at Tug Valley and our first year competing in single A since 2007,” she added. “But, this will be my first year going after a Class Single A title.”
“In the five years I have been a coach at Tug Valley, we won a state championship in 2009, were state runner-up in 2010 and another state championship last year 2011,” Deskins said.
Out of those five years, Tug Valley has also won four regional titles. The squad also won a Class A state title back in 2005.
“When I first started coaching at Tug Valley, I knew that we had the talent coming in. Because we have two great middle school programs, that includes Kermit K- 8 and Lenore K-8.”
“Kermit wins the county title about every year,” Deskins said.
“So I knew that I needed to bring in a stand-up program, that included hard work and discipline to compete in Class AA and it paid off. The squads that I have coached and the girls that have passed through that gym every year are amazing athletes. Year after year, we keep working harder, to produce those athletes and keep our program thriving,” Deskins added.
“We lost five seniors last year and also a junior due to spine surgery, but she is still very much a part of our team cheering us on and supporting her teammates. We have seven new cheerleaders to add to our roster this year, including five freshmen, a junior and a sophomore. Together we will embark on another journey for a state title only in an unfamiliar environment,” Deskins said.
“The squad has worked very hard and it helps them immensely to perform in front of a large crowd. We will perform our routine as we prepare to be 2012 regional champions, then hopefully back in the gym another four weeks to prepare to be Class Single A state champions,” Deskins concluded.