WSU Spirit Squad prep for first NCAA game

Posted at 7:20 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 21:20:50-04

OGDEN -- Weber State University's basketball team is preparing for its first game of the NCAA Tournament in San Diego this Friday, but they're not the only ones practicing for the big game.

The school's Spirit Squad spent Monday fine tuning their performance.

The Wildcats will need a lot of crowd support to take on top-seed Arizona State.

The Spirit Squad, made up of the pep band and cheerleaders, called last-minute practices to make sure they were up for the task.

"What we do takes a lot of practice, takes a lot of time, takes a lot of effort," said Tyrel Gailey, co-captain of the cheerleading squad.

March Madness is a crazy time of year, for everyone involved.

The cheerleaders and band say the roar of the crowd can mean the difference between a victory or defeat and going into this as underdogs they know it's all the more important to keep them hyped.

"To have that support really changes the atmosphere for sure and brings in the student body and you just feel it," said Sidney Baker.

When all the parts come together on game day, the Spirit Squad says the basketball team will bring the crowd to their feet, but they'll keep them cheering.