Cheerleader's No. 1 Fan in the Stands
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 [10:42 AM]
Alvin Denton of Adair County has seen almost every home game his
Jessica, has cheered over the last 12 years.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- When Lindsey Wilson College
and Campbellsville (Ky.) University play basketball tonight at
Biggers Sports Center, you can bet Alvin Denton of Adair County
will be sitting in the stands.
He rarely misses a game, and not only because he enjoys watching
Blue Raider basketball. He also attends the games to support his
granddaughter, Jessica, who cheers for the Blue Raiders.
Since Jessica began cheering in the fourth grade, Alvin reckons he
has missed only a handful of games she has been on the
"I might have missed four games the whole time since she started
cheering," Alvin said recently between Lindsey Wilson women's and
men's basketball games.
Denton and his wife, Joyce, raised Jessica and her brother, Jared,
who is an Adair County High School senior.
"We raised her, and I just always felt responsible for supporting
her and her brother in whatever they did," Alvin said. "She always
said, 'Poppy, you don't have to come if you don't want to.' But I
always managed to get there and support her."
Jessica, who is a Lindsey Wilson junior, said she has wanted to
cheer since she was a little girl.
"Whenever I was at games, I would watch the cheerleaders, and I
always wanted to be one," she said.
Jessica didn't make the cheerleading team the first time she tried
out as a third-grader at the now-defunct Shepherd School, but she
made the team in the fourth grade. After cheering five years at
Shepherd, Jessica cheered all four years at Adair County High
School before joining the LWC squad three years ago. And Alvin has
seen almost every cheer she has led.
"It means a whole lot to me because he's always been there for me
no matter what," Jessica said.
LWC and Campbellsvile play a women's-men's doubleheader that
begins at 6 p.m. CT Monday, Feb. 25, in Biggers Sports Center. The
game is a blackout for LWC fans, which means wear black to the
games. Click here to go to the home of Blue Raider