Milford cheer team wraps up fall season at UD

MILFORD — Cheering at a state championship game is a dream for many high school cheerleading squads.

You could go an entire four years and not have that opportunity.

So, cheering at University of Delaware’s football stadium in front of hundreds of Milford community members was a nice way to wrap up the fall cheer season last Saturday night.

“This is something different from just a regular high school game, it’s been a lot of fun and is a great experience,” said senior co-captain Sage Culver during halftime of the Delmar/Milford state championship game.

Head coach Sherry Geesaman took over the cheer team in the middle of last season, meaning she just wrapped up her first full season as head cheer coach.

The cheer team participated in Milford High’s “Spirit March” through the MHS and MCA hallways ahead of last weekend’s state championship game (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

“I’ve been coaching since 1998, but with this team I coached half of a year last year and then this year,” she said. “I always coached middle school before and I decided I wanted to start coaching at the high school.”

For the last 10 years, coach Geesaman has been coaching the Gold cheer team for the annual DFRC Blue-Gold game – a football all-star game for high school seniors across the state of Delaware. So, she was more than familiar with coaching at the high school level prior to taking the Milford job.

With a vision in mind, coach Geesaman took over mid-season in 2016 and, heading into this year, she named senior Sage Culver, sophomore Taylor Culver, junior Haley Pagden and sophomore Emilee Mills as team captains.

“We’ve really come together as a team. I think we all communicate really well with each other,” Haley said of her teammates.

Sage Culver is the lone senior on the 2017 roster and, with the most high school cheer experience, the other girls would often look to her for leadership this fall.

“They’ve been great, they’re really open to learning new things about cheerleading in general and this has been a great team,” she said.

She cheered in pop warner before spending all four years cheering for Milford High School.

Saturday, Sage finished her high school cheer career at the University of Delaware Stadium.

Co-captain Emilee Mills has been cheering since she was about eight years old. She was named a captain heading into this season despite being just a sophomore.

“It’s been really cool for me,” she said of being one of the team’s four captains. “I didn’t really think, coming in this season, that I was going to be a captain because I’m so young. But it’s been pretty awesome.”

Newcomers Courtney Bruns, Miranda Walker and Ashlyn Welch all had great things to say about their first year with the Milford High cheer team.

Courtney, a junior, entered her first year on the high school team this season.

“I had a lot of fun with all these girls this year,” Courtney said. “It’s been a great experience.

Ashlyn and Miranda are two of the six freshmen on this year’s roster. Both girls have been cheering for seven years.

“It’s been a lot of fun. I have created a lot of bonds with girls I hadn’t even met before,” Ashlyn said.

“It’s fun and it’s really different because I feel like I’m closer with the high school cheerleaders than I was with the other teams I was on,” Miranda said.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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