South Fork football season was a great success

To the Editor:

This year’s football season was a great success, and the South Fork cheerleaders have a lot to be thankful for.

A big thanks goes out to Lydia Green who made not one, but four quilts for us to raffle off in the spring to earn money for uniforms. Thank you to all who bought a ticket. And congrats to the winners Alice Firestone, Mimi G, Skip Stone and Sharold Stevens.

A big thank you goes out to Andy Olsen, Michelle Bushnell, and the whole booster club, and to our magnificent crowd for helping and supporting us through the 2012 season. Thanks to Ray’s in Garberville for donating the ice cream and topping for our second annual ice cream party we put on for the football players the Thursday before the big homecoming game. Thanks to the Meadows Café for donating containers for the football players home game-day goodies, and to Lotus Mountain who catered to our every whim, which included having T-shirts ordered and printed in three days.

Thank you to Donna Bowman for donating her winnings from the 50/50 raffle back to the cheerleaders and to Amber Wallen who donated half of her winnings back to the cheerleaders and the other half to Boosters. The South Fork cheerleaders dedicated the Oct. 19 home game to breast cancer awareness. They donated their portion of the 50/50 raffle to the Humboldt Community Breast Health Project. The winner, Lia Martin of Ferndale, also donated her portion to the HCBHP for a total of over $400 donated. A big thanks goes out to both the South Fork crowd and the Ferndale crowd for buying tickets.

Big thank-you to Carla Pecora of Yours and Mine Full Service and Tanning Salon and Humboldt Hunnies for treating the girls to "hair and make-up" for homecoming and thanks to all the parents who helped drive us from game to game. An oversized thank-you to Joe and Tawny Valk for the beautiful job they did making our float for homecoming (along with countless other things they have done for us). It is built so sturdy we can use it for years to come.

And last but not least we want to thank our biggest fan, Jim Michael, who was there for us to carry our stuff out to the side lines and back, who did cartwheels behind us while we were "pumpin’ out" our push ups after a touchdown during the Clear Lake game. Dare I say our "biggest fan?" (Had we had any girls he would have been the best cheer dad ever.)

We apologize if we missed anyone, so many people helped make this year awesome and we can’t wait until next year. Just a reminder for any South Fork students who are in grades eight through eleven this year, try outs are in April right after the third quarter. Keep an eye out for posters. You must have at least a 2.0 grade point average to try out and cheer, and the chances of late signups are extremely slim. Even if you’re just thinking about it check out our first meeting. Again, our year wouldn’t have been as successful as it was without all the wonderful people who helped us out.

Gina Michael

South Fork cheerleaders coach