By Tim Chambers
Cheering comes natural for one Johnson County senior and Saturday was the perfect example. Courtney Stout was in the stands pulling for her younger brother, Connor, in addition to being the Marlins’ bookkeeper. Her cheering will continue in the fall when football season rolls around.
Stout is a key member on the Johnson County High School cheerleading squad and is looking forward to her final season. She and the other 14 members are getting ready for their first camp during the month of July.
“We have a camp that comes around the last week of July,” said Stout. “Our coaches have professional cheerleaders come in and work with us. They teach us stunts, cheers and dances. I’m looking forward to this.”
Stout and her squad got the opportunity to cheer at a Vanderbilt football game last fall. They’ll make a return trip to Nashville this year but in a much bigger environment.
“We’ve been invited to cheer at a Tennessee Titans game,” said Stout. “It’s something we all look forward to because it’s an honor. I loved our trip to Nashville last year and I can’t wait to go back. Last year we went to the zoo as our fun thing. This year I think we’ll do the Andrew Jackson tour.”
Stout smiled when asked which sports she loved to cheer for most.
“I love cheering at the football and basketball games because I don’t have a preference. Basketball is more upbeat and you really get into it. Football is fun because the crowds are large and the fans can get loud.”
Stout spoke about her goals in a sport where they don’t keep score unless you’re in competition.
“I think we need to continue being one of the loudest squads in our conference. A loud crowd helps get our teams motivated and ready to play. We can make a difference too and be part of the game. It’s all about having pride and school spirit.”
Stout is the daughter of Bobby and Robin Stout. She plans to attend college after graduation. But for the next two weeks her job will be a simple one.
“I’m going to be at all of Connor’s games,” added Stout. “I’ll always be cheering for him to do well.”