Page 4A Garden City Telegram Thursday, November It, 1977 WESTERN DIVISION '™%OAIIOEN CITY BARTON CO. •BUTtER CO. jDODOC GITV i HUTGHINSON Opening game of the 1977-78 basketball season Monday night against McCook, Neb., gave the Berger sisters their first chance to perform together Inside. photos by John montre Twin Pack Of Pep By RODNEY HOFFMAN Darla and Maria Berger look as though they've just stepped from a Doublemint chewing gum commercial—flashing their pompons, challenging their teams to victory and encouraging the crowd to yell its lungs out. Maybe it's part of the coaches' strategy to have the fraternal twins as cheerleaders at Garden City Community College. A player picking himself up from the field after a hard hit may actually believe he's seeing double. Growing up in Jetmore, the girls were "never apart more than four days. So it was only natural that both of them would accept band scholarships at GCCC. Although only Maria had been a cheerleader during their years at Jetmore High School, it was also only natural both tried for spots on the squad during their freshman year at college. "We thought it would be a lot of fun because they get to do more traveling," said Darla. Her sister added, "And we thought iUvould get us more involved in school activitites." Until they were 8th graders the sisters dressed alike. Even now they do everything together but date. During summer months they work at Hodgeman County Hospital. They swim together, jog, water ski and they love to read. "We just like the same things/' they say. As a first year college student, Darla is majoring in medical technology. After graduation here she'll continue studying at Ft. Hays State University. Maria, a speech pathology major, is engaged to be married. But that doesn't mean the sisters will go their separate ways. "I'll go to Hays to school, too," she said. There's no such thing as sibling rivalry between the Berger sisters and they seem confident there never will be. The only time they competed for anything was at track events in high school. Maria won and that was that. Most people can identify the twins now but there was a time when friends would brush away Darla's hair search-' -ing for a mark on her forehead. Of course, one night in high school they tried to switch dates, but "we got caught," Maria said. "We were both going to Dodge City with two guys who didn't know us too well. Darla's date figured it out right away and drove her home but mine didn't know until we got to Dodge City. He was mad." Despite their fondness for many of the same things, both girls insist that their distinctions are the same as members of any family. "Everyone says our personalities are totally different," Maria said. "We're not the same." Darla adds, "We're individuals, but a lot of times people treat us as one." Maria who first wore a cheerleader's uniform I while a student at Jetmore High School still) scowls If a routine doesn't work just right. The twins ( Darla, left, Maria, right) share a room in the dormitory at •.„> •> Garden City Community College.
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