Paden City Wildcats Head coach: Hannah Shreve
In the case of the Paden City cheering squad entering the OVAC Cheering Championships, it may not be the size of the team, but the heart of the team.
The Wildcats only have eight girls, with more siblings on the team than seniors.
The only senior on this year’s team is Kallie Arnett, while juniors include Katrina Heasley, Jenna Arnett, Kacie Hartwig, Kameron McClain and Malayna Price; the lone sophomore Paige Leonard; and the lone freshman Savannah Price, with Caitlin Stewart serving as an alternate.
“Our OVAC squad is small this year,” Paden City coach Hannah Shreve said. “It includes two sets of sisters (Kallie and Jenna Arnett; and Malayna and Savannah Price), which makes it very interesting at practice sometimes.”
The talented junior class provides the experience for Paden City with five girls and that could even prove to be something to look forward to for next year as well.
Kim Hizer serves as the assistant coach for Paden City.
In every cheerleading club, there is usually a close friendship among teammates. That is especially true with a team as small as the Wildcats.
“Coach Hizer and I are so lucky to have such a great group of young ladies to coach,” Shreve said. “The girls are all very close in friendship, even outside of cheerleading activities and they support each other in everything.”
The Wildcats have been putting in the time in practice and behind the scenes so that they can impress at WesBanco Arena.
“They have been working very hard to improve their tumbling skills this year,” Shreve said.
“I am excited to see how they compete.”