Coming off first-place wins at the state’s top two cheering competitions in 2018 and a trip to the nationals, the sky is the limit for this year’s Pisgah cheerleading squads.

Tammy Ensley, who has coached cheerleading at Pisgah for the past 15 years, said she has 12 returning seniors on the varsity squad, the first time there have been that many in years.

The team was chosen last spring and has been practicing all summer.

Varsity cheer captains for the coming year include Captain Lilly Ensley, Captain Brooke Moore and co-captains Emily Robinson and Callie Jorstad.

For junior varsity, the captains are Kaitlyn Rogers and Ansley Rhinehart.

Pisgah fans can expect to see a few new routines this year in addition to last year’s popular ones.

“We go to UCA Summer Camp every year and learn new material for football and basketball season,” said Coach Tammy Ensley. “The new team choreographs a new competition routine every year. We do not hire outside choreographers. We do it ourselves.”

This year’s Pisgah High School cheerleading effort will include 22 varsity cheerleaders and 18 junior varsity cheerleaders. Hannah Brunck, who is also in the color guard, will serve as the mascot.

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