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The Redbird Word

The annual tree lighting takes place each November at Lincoln/Douglas Square in Alton.

Photo by Macy Crane

H O L I D A Y I S S U E

December 2020

Volume 93 Issue 2






CHEER TEAM PREPS TO

COMPETE REMOTELY

By Isabella Bohnert, Reporter

This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Alton High School cheer team can’t

cheer in front of the Redbird Nest, sports games, pep rallies or parades. A restriction

was also placed on partner stunting and pyramids, since they have to remain six feet

apart at all times. and those in particular wouldn’t allow for social distancing.

Competing remotely will be the biggest challenge. Performances will be recorded

from the home gym and sent off to the IHSA judges for scoring and ranking against all

of the other state teams.

It will take time for everyone on the team to adjust to the new circumstances as one

of the things that keeps cheer teams alike motivated is the energy given by the crowd

watching. With no audience this year, it’s more important to keep up with the team’s

morale wherever or however they may compete now and in the future.

“I’m grateful we get to have a season, no matter what it looks like,” cheerleading coach

Breonna Pettigrew said. “It gives us more time together. The competition, games and

wins are all fun.. but if you ask anyone on the squad, they would say the best thing is

the friendships and bonds we make. That part of the sport won’t change! Together we

can make the best of everything else.”

Photos taken of last season's cheer team by Pettigrew

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Boys' Bowlers Hold

on to Hope for a Season

By Macy Crane, Reporter

Many sports seasons have had to be changed due to what is going on in the world around us. Grant Haegele, a

former and present teammate on the bowling team, has been affected by the way sports have changed. Although

some sports have had to cancel seasons, the boys bowling team will have a chance for a 2020-21 season.

Grant Haegele got to engage in both junior varsity and varsity bowling teams last year. This is important for his future

bowling career because it provided him with more bowling experience. With more experience, Haegele can find his

strengths and weaknesses.

“Last year, I was put on JV and Varsity, as I switched teams occasionally. Because of this, I believe I did well,” said

Haegele.

The 2020 season had to undergo slight changes due to COVID-19. The changes did not initially affect boys' bowling,

but now some matches have had to be cancelled and the team is awaiting new matches in January.

“COVID-19 has affected the 2020 season due to the fact it was pushed back and our schedule is more of a week by

week instead of planning out a month ahead,” Haegele said.

Sadly, it seems the bowling team is not taken seriously by some, but once students join the team, they find it overall

very fun. In fact, it is not all that common for many schools to have a bowling team for their students to take part in.

Being able to be a part of an exciting, fun sport inspires the team to do their best and have fun while doing so.

“Honestly it was just something to do and it turned out to

be really fun and I loved it,” Haegele said.

Unlike many other sports, being a part of a fun team, such

as bowling, doesn’t take away too much from studious

players. Team players can enjoy the sport they play without

having to stress about time management.

“The sport doesn’t get in the way of my schoolwork at all,

you still just need to work on what needs to be done,”

Haegele said.

Many students have felt the added stress of learning a new

way through remote learning and having to juggle added

responsibilities. Participating in a low stress sport can help

decrease other stressors.

2019-2020 Boys' Varsity Bowling Team

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