As enjoyable of experience as this has been for the fans of the K-State Wildcats, the season has also been very exciting for members of the K-State Marching Band, as well as the cheerleaders that cheer on the team all year.
Shalynn Loring, senior in kinesiology and a member of the K-State cheerleader squad, talked about a lifelong dream that has been fulfilled; being able to cheer on her Wildcats in such a big-game.
“I have been attending K-State football games since I was a little girl, and I always dreamed of being a cheerleader,” Loring said. “To be able to be in here in Arizona cheering on one of the top teams in the country is a dream come true.”
Even though she is incredibly excited about the game, Loring said that there has been a lot of hard work in making sure that the cheerleading squad is on the top of their game as well.
“We will do a lot of the same cheers that we have done throughout the season, but there are also some new things,” Loring said. Being able to be there cheering on the Wildcats though, that will make everything about this trip worth it. I am definitely excited.”
Many times in college sports, the cheerleaders and the fans are vital in helping the team getting amped up for the game. That could play a huge role in tomorrow night’s game, as the K-State crowd is expected to nearly double the amount of fans that the Ducks are bringing down from Oregon.
Right there leading the fans in their celebration, and when that ball is kicked in the air for the first time, Loring said she can not quite imagine the rush of emotions that she will be experience.
“I literally do not think I can explain that excitement that I will have,” Loring said. Being on that field with thousands of fans cheering along is unreal. I can’t even imagine what tomorrow will feel like.”
All those years of sitting in the crowd watching the Wildcats play, wanting to be a cheerleader, will come true as Loring will be on the field cheering on her Wildcats in front of more than 70,000 fans.