RED JACKET — Mingo Central High School’s cheerleading squad officially kicked of this cheer season with cheer camp and a new coach.
Kyrstyn (Chpaman) Noe, a Delbarton resident who graduated from Williamson High School in 1998, has proudly accepted the position of cheer coach for the Mingo Miners. Noe began cheerleading at the young age of five and has loved the sport since then.
While cheering for the Wolfpack during her high school years, she was on the first ever Mingo County State Championship squad in 1995, coached by Margaret Fletcher.
After graduating high school, Noe attended college at Marshall University. During her time as a college student she assisted in coaching for the Wolfpack as well. She then married and lived in several placed across the United States since her husband was in the military. When she became pregnant with her first baby, she and her husband decided to move back home to Mingo County. That’s when her passion for cheerleading allowed her to begin coaching again.
She began teaching at Lenore K-8 and coached the Rangers cheerleading squad for four years. Her dedication and hard work paid off when the Rangers won two, back-to-back, county championships. One being this year past and the year before.
“It saddens me to leave the middle school team but I feel like it’s time for me to move up to the next level, and that’s high school,” said Noe. “Coaching high school will be different and challenging and I like a challenge.”
Noe says that she wants the Miners to be a competitive team and she feels that they needed to start with a clean slate. 35 students have signed up to date and Noe believes there may be more come try-outs in August. She said the girls are all excited and high spirited and she feels they will strive to make it to the next level.
“I’m unsure if the squad has had a cheer camp in the past couple of years, so I wanted to have one this year to bring my girls together with the community and our future cheerleaders, the Mini-Miners. This also gave me an opportunity to get closer to the girls and check out their skills,” Noe stated.
The cheer camp that was held at MCHS this week, June 23 – 24, brought in 65 cheer campers of all ages, along with 26 of those who signed up to cheer for the Miners. The camp focused on the fundamentals of cheerleading and went back to the basics.
“It was a great turnout for us. We even had three and four year-olds there. It’s important to take the time to focus on the younger ones, they’re our future cheerleaders,” Noe said. “The camp ended on a good note and everyone left happy. I was very proud of my team for pulling it together and doing such a good job with the Mini-Miners.”