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Polk County High School football fans only see the school’s cheerleading squad in action on Friday nights.

What fans don’t see are the long hours that squad members spend away from the field preparing not only for those nights, but also for competitions. Polk County’s squad will take part in its first competition on Saturday, traveling to Kannapolis for the Varsity Spirit Piedmont Regional (the Wolverines will miss Friday’s playoff game at Southwestern Randolph due to the competition).

Regular weight sessions, weekly cheer tests, hours and hours of practice – it’s all part of what goes on beyond the lights. Head coach Elisa Flynn and team members talk about a week in the life of Polk County cheer in this audio slideshow.