Nov. 4, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. - Fayetteville State's football team won't be the only talented unit on display at the CIAA Championship game on Saturday.

The Broncos cheerleading squad, better known as "Cheer Phi Smoov," will be on the sidelines, as they always are, supporting FSU athletics.

Two members of the team might have some extra pep in their step.

On Tuesday, sophomore Bianca Malloy and freshman Shomika Edmonds were selected to the CIAA's All-Cheerleading team.

A native of Winston-Salem, Malloy is a second year varsity cheerleader and the 2009-10 Miss Cheer Phi.

"I'm very honored and think it's an awesome experience," Malloy said. "I'm glad I actually get to do it this year, instead of waiting until my junior or senior year."

Malloy's major is social work and she hopes to pursue a career as a social worker for the Department of Social Services.

Edmonds is a freshman from Enfield, N.C. She has been cheering since the 4th grade and was recipient of FSU's first "Future Bronco Cheerleader Award" from the FSU Summer Cheerleading Camp in 2006.

"When I found out, I was so shocked and surprised," Edmonds said. "It's a great and wonderful feeling."

Malloy said the honor is the result of hard work.

"We practice so hard," she said. "We practice every day at the beginning of the season. We work really, really hard to support our football team as well as the other athletics here at Fayetteville State."

Both had a message to those who don't view cheerleading as an athletic discipline.

"I'd invite those people to come to one of our practices," said Edmonds. "Come see how we have to throw girls up in the air and how we have to go in the weight room and lift."

Added Malloy: "I want them to come to practice and see how hard we work in just one day. We work hard to make everything look effortless."