The Double Lifetime of Kyla Segovia – The Nevada Sagebrush

The Double Lifetime of Kyla Segovia – The Nevada Sagebrush

Kyla Segovia will get the gang roaring at each Wolf Pack soccer sport, however not earlier than concealing her id with a fur-covered go well with, a cheer skirt and a big wolf head.

“Most individuals know that I’m concerned with the cheer squad, however they don’t know precisely what it’s that I do,” stated Segovia.

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Kyla Segovia exhibits off the wallpaper on her telephone that has a photograph of her within the Luna go well with on Oct. 28.

Initially from Pittsburg, Calif., Segovia doesn’t usually put on the costume throughout the week, however is as a substitute finding out prison justice and communications. Balancing the college life and the mascot life is usually a problem for her, however she pushes by way of.

“I had a tough time adjusting to transferring out right here, and doing this has been a complete new expertise,” stated Segovia. “I really feel like I’ve come out of my shell utterly, and attending to symbolize the place I’m going to highschool makes me really feel related to the college in a manner I’ve by no means felt earlier than.”

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Segovia laughs along with her crew captain Mikayla Pagh inside Legacy Corridor.

Segovia has a background in dance and cheer. Whereas her job for the Wolf Pack might sound uncommon, she’s nonetheless getting to attach again to her performing roots.

“I’ve been a performer my entire life, after which I got here out right here earlier than I used to be even accepted to the college for a cheer clinic,” stated Segovia. “My RA who was a mascot final 12 months principally inspired me to check out and I did and right here we’re.”

When she will get to use her performing background to her job as Luna, it turns into an much more particular expertise.

On a frigid afternoon on Halloween weekend, the cheer crew with Nevada Wolf Pack is inside Legacy Corridor getting ready for the homecoming soccer sport. Segovia performs the function of Luna, one of many beloved Wolf Pack mascots.

“I get up, I do my hair, I placed on music after which I stroll to Legacy (Corridor) or one in every of my teammates picks me up and we get all overestimated collectively,” she stated.

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Segovia within the storage constructing the place they preserve the mascot fits.

Segovia and her teammates don’t sit round for hours earlier than the sport. She laid out a complete timeline of occasions for the cheer squad that happen earlier than a giant sport.

“We’re normally doing the Wolf Pack Stroll, the President’s Tailgate and only a ton of different issues that occur previous to the sport,” she stated.

The sport that day began at 7:30 p.m., however Segovia and her teammates have been on campus for a number of hours beforehand. This can be a fairly typical routine for her earlier than suiting up.

3 p.m. Go well with up for Wolf Pack Stroll

Inside Legacy Corridor, the Wolf Pack cheer squad are scrambling to prepare for the primary of a number of occasions that night time. Segovia is struggling to get Luna’s head correctly fitted onto her physique.

“Folks assume it’s a very easy gig that we get,” stated Segovia. “It’s actually sizzling. It’s numerous motion. We attempt to take as little breaks as potential – particularly on sport day.”

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Segovia, now within the Luna costume, on the Wolf Pack Stroll.

One of many final minute preparations Segovia made was stomping a Wolf Pack T-shirt in some mud and working it over a number of occasions with a golf cart. Because the sport occurred on Halloween weekend, the theme for the halftime present was going to be based mostly on the tune “Thriller”, and the purpose was to make the squad appear to be zombies.

The mascots and some different members of the squad packed into the small golf cart to begin the Wolf Pack Stroll, the place the mascots and cheer squad get to work together with the followers on the tailgate earlier than the kickoff.

On the tailgate, Segovia – now Luna – danced to the tunes from the marching band and took many footage with followers within the car parking zone.

4 p.m. Fast chew earlier than President’s Tailgate

After thrilling followers throughout the Wolf Pack Stroll, Segovia and the opposite mascots returned to Legacy Corridor for a fast develop into some extra snug clothes. One of many different mascots that night time was Mikayla Pagh, who can also be one in every of Segovia’s crew captains.

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Segovia and her crew captain Mikayla Pagh seize some meals from the Pagh household’s tailgate.

Pagh’s household have been among the tailgaters the place the Wolf Pack Stroll occurred. Her household arrange their RV with a cover, some chairs and a desk with tortillas and toppings for tacos. Pagh and her household served up tacos and nachos to the mascots, and everybody acquired to take a seat and chill out for some time.

Segovia and the opposite mascots got here to get meals and drinks from Pagh’s household whereas the remainder of the squad was out promoting Wolf Pack merch.

5 p.m. Again at Legacy Corridor

Earlier than heading to the President’s Tailgate, Segovia and the opposite mascots had to return to Legacy Corridor as soon as extra to get again into their costumes.

The cheer squad coaches offered extra meals for the crew and acknowledged among the members for his or her latest accomplishments.

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Segovia suiting up once more after grabbing a chew to eat.

The mascots sat behind the room simply having informal dialog earlier than leaping again into the fits.

When everybody ready to move to the following occasion, loud music was blasting to get everybody excited and energized.

With how tough it might probably get to correctly match into the fits, the mascots have been the final ones within the room to get out the door.

6 p.m. Hanging with the president

On the President’s Tailgate, Segovia, as soon as once more within the Luna go well with, helped welcome Brian Sandoval, college president, the place he shared a number of phrases sharing his pleasure in regards to the sport. The marching band additionally made an look and placed on a quick efficiency.

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Luna interacts with the marching band on the President’s Tailgate.

Since this was the homecoming sport, alumni from the college have been invited to the occasion. Luna interacted with the alumni and placed on playful acts with the opposite mascots.

By this time, it was too chilly even with a number of layers on, however Segovia talked about that she nonetheless can get overheated inside Luna’s go well with even when it’s chilly out.

7 p.m. Recreation time

Whereas kickoff for the sport didn’t occur till 7:30 p.m., Segovia and her teammates went onto the sphere earlier than kickoff to get the crowds within the stands overestimated. Initially, there weren’t many followers within the stands, but it surely regularly acquired busier with time.

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Luna poses with the opposite mascots on the Wolf Pack homecoming sport.

Segovia is consistently taking images with folks earlier than and throughout the sport. She defined how she chooses to work together with the crowds throughout video games.

“Children are a giant factor,” stated Segovia. “Children love footage. I’ve actually been tackled by kids.”

Many kids attended the sport that night time. Nearly any time you seemed in the direction of Luna, she was with a number of kids who wished to fulfill her or snap a fast image.

Luna and the opposite mascots have a “handler”. One of many tasks of the handlers is to ensure the crowds are being respectful to the mascots. Segovia says the mascots are always busy, however on the identical time individuals are all the time asking for footage and having a handler helps management the crowds.

After kickoff, Luna was on the sideline with a part of the cheer squad the place she placed on dance performances with them whereas additionally making an attempt to get images with the followers.

9 p.m. Placing on a present at halftime

At halftime, the soccer groups acquired off the sphere. The mascots and cheer squad began strolling to the opposite aspect of the sphere to prepare for the halftime present.

The cheer squad carried out their “Thriller” present first, with Segovia within the Luna go well with and dancing with the squad. Segovia didn’t should carry out any stunts for this present, but it surely’s a daily apply for her at numerous video games.

“My favourite second was positively the Luna wall that we did on the first soccer sport,” stated Segovia. “That’s a pyramid that we do.”

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Segovia on the ground inside Legacy Corridor after a tiring day.

When the cheer efficiency was over, the crowds within the stand gave loud cheers and applause.

The cheer efficiency was adopted up by the band efficiency and a drone present, which was the primary of its sort at any Wolf Pack sport. After halftime, Segovia and the opposite mascots have been escorted again to Legacy Corridor, the place she lastly acquired to get again into snug clothes after a protracted and exhausting day.

Nick Stewart could be reached through e mail at ns@sagebrush.unr.edu or through twitter @nickk_stewart.

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