2017-10-06 / Sports Spotlight

Leading the cheers, stirring up a Storm

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

Tiana Brown Tiana Brown Tiana Brown, a senior at Scarborough High School, is the perfect cheerleader. She is boisterous, peppy and loves to put on a show. Brown, a co-captain school’s fall cheering team, has been cheering on the Red Storm for the last decade, ever since taking up cheerleading in second grade.

“I’ve always been told I was a loud person and with cheerleading, that’s the one place you can be loud and make sure you are heard. You can be who you want to be and nobody can stop you,” Brown said at a cheer practice Monday, three days after leading the cheering crew during the Homecoming football game, in which Scarborough beat South Portland, 48-21.

“She has really good form. She is sassy and is very versatile. In stunts, she can be our flier or be in any other position,” head coach Catrina Wade said of Brown. “She is one of two tumblers on the team. She has worked very hard on that.”

Brown was taken to cheerleading as a youth based on her background in gymnastics and dance.

“Cheering was the one sport that combined both,” Brown said. “It takes my flexibility and dance skills and puts them together.”

Brown has been cheering with many of her teammates since elementary school.

“It’s become like a family,” she said.

Brown is also on the school’s cheering team that competes at different high schools during the winter, but for now she, her fellow co-captain Taylor Martel and the rest of the cheering squad are focusing on their halftime routines and pumping up the crowd at football games.

The football team has a lot to cheer about. Heading into an Oct.6 game at Windham, the Red Storm has a 4-1 record. The team, which was bounced from the playoffs by Bonny Eagle in the regional final last season, has been dominate this season, putting up 48 points in the homecoming game against South Portland and the season-opening shutout at Deering, 49 points against Sanford in the second game of the season and 63 points in a blowout victory at Massabesic High School. The team’s only loss was a 32-28 nail-biting defeat to Thornton Academy.

“This year is probably the year we have had the most crowd interaction. Every time we call a cheer, our student body section cheers right along with us,” Brown said.

Wade said Brown, and her teammates, have been instrumental in helping her get up to speed about the Scarborough program.

“The girls are awesome and have been very helpful acclimating me to the school system and everything I need to know. The parents have been beyond helpful too,” said Wade, who has been coaching cheering for the last eight years.

Wade, who is also set to take over Scarborough’s winter cheering team, coaches the Maine Coast Athletics tumbling and all-star teams and oversees part of Biddeford Recreation’s youth cheering program.

“She is always happy to help. Her and the other captain, Taylor, have been helping the other girls learn the cheers, or helping with the routine, Tiana and Taylor coordinated their own dance moves into the routine on their own time,” Wade said.

Brown said she hopes to continue cheering after high school, but it won’t be collegiately because the cosmetology schools in New Hampshire, Florida and New York she is looking into don’t have athletic programs.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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