By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The sport that gets the least recognition at Johnson County had the biggest signing among Longhorn athletes last week. Breana Blair has been selected to cheer at Tusculum College beginning in the fall of 2016. She signed papers to cheer for the Pioneers on April 18 with her two coaches, Summar Eller and Casey Sutherland, present along with several family members and friends.
Cheering is something that Blair has been doing all her life. She started in the youth leagues at five years old and was also a member of the middle school squad. She never thought about cheering at the college until recently. It ended up being a wise decision. “I started thinking about college cheerleading during basketball season this year,” said Blair. “Coach Eller told me I had the potential to cheer in college and that got me thinking. She is the one who motivated me to do it and Coach Tracy Southerland found some camps for me where I could participate in open practices. You could say that both of them played a big role in this. I never thought that cheering in college would be possible.” Eller saw things different for her prize pupil. Blair had all the tools needed to be a good cheerleader at the collegiate level.
“Breana is a great leader both on and off the floor and works extra hard to improve,” said Eller. “She was always coming in and asking me what she needed to do to get better. She’s excellent at stunting and her enthusiasm is off the charts. It’s a very proud moment for all of us. I think this will bring some good recognition to the Johnson County High School Cheerleaders.” It’s that type of drive Blair has that landed her to an NCAA Division University only two hours away from home. “I’ve always wanted to be the best at what I did,” added Blair. “I have been talking to all the cheerleaders at Johnson County trying to get them motivated to go further with cheering. A lot of them have great potential. I want them to have the same opportunity that I am getting.” Blair touched on what might have been the deciding factor in her choice.
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