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Sophomore Jedd Conrad (Front) and Senior Sam Conrad joined the cheerleading squad this year after deciding not to play football this year. The two brothers cheer at the varsity boys basketball games.

Sophomore Jedd Conrad (Front) and Senior Sam Conrad joined the cheerleading squad this year after deciding not to play football this year. The two brothers cheer at the varsity boys basketball games.

Calvin Prenkert

Calvin Prenkert

Sophomore Jedd Conrad (Front) and Senior Sam Conrad joined the cheerleading squad this year after deciding not to play football this year. The two brothers cheer at the varsity boys basketball games.

J.T. Kelly, Sports Writer

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Basketball season has begun, which means it’s the beginning of the winter cheer season. However, this year, there’s a bit of a twist. Sophomore Jedd Conrad and Senior Sam Conrad are the newest members of the previously all female team. Not only are they brothers, but they are the first male cheerleaders Bloomington South has had in several years.

“At first it was a joke,” Conrad said. “Sam was on board with the idea since we didn’t play football this year, so we decided to try out.”

Jedd also commented on whether people harassed him about it. “I really expected people to make fun of us a little bit, but it hasn’t been that way at all. People have actually been pretty supportive and thought what we are doing is cool.”

Male cheerleaders are very common at the college level. Could the Conrad brothers be leading the start of a new trend for male cheerleaders? A possible rise in male cheerleaders could be on the rise not only at South, but all around America.

 

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