Benjamin Logan’s cheerleading program is developing a pipeline to Ohio State.
Ben Logan senior Mason Straker this week became the second Raider cheerleader in as many years to sign with the Buckeyes.
Straker follows in the path of Bryden Penhorwood, a formerBen Logan cheerleader who picked up the sport in high school and is now a freshman at Ohio State.
“Bryden kind of led the charge and I jumped in behind him,” said Straker, who has been cheering for just two years. “I messed around with the idea (of cheering) back in middle school, but didn’t pursue it then.
“It’s really crazy. I never would have thought I would become a college cheerleader.”
Led by Trisha Hemmelgarn, the Raiders have developed a strong competition squad and it has attracted male cheerleaders as well in recent years.
“This is affirmation that being a co-ed team is what is most beneficial for our team of students,” said Hemmelgarn. “To compete in competition cheer is very difficult, at any level, but adding building skills is very difficult in the state of Ohio. Unlike most states, building teams are in the minority here due to state policies.”
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