Cheer team receives superior rating at competition

The cheer team participated in their first competition of the season at Blue Valley Southwest

Kendall Gaignat, JAG sports editor

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  • Perfecting their stunt, seniors Heather Winne and Nataline Cooper flip junior Lexi Knappen over.

  • Practicing her stunt, sophomore Trinity Ouellette twists as she falls back down to her bases.

  • Minutes before the performance, the cheer team warms up their tumbling passes.

  • Sophomore Sara Petropoulos holds up a paw print sign used in the routine while warming up.

  • In the first formation, the cheer team waits for the music to start and to begin their routine.

  • Senior Heather Winne stands in her stunt holding up the "Let's" sign in "Let's go Jags."

  • Held up by their bases, freshman Aryanna Ouellette and senior Heather Winne do an arabesque.

  • The cheerleaders prepare for their final stunt.

  • For the final stunt of the routine, eight fliers hold hands in the competition on Saturday, Nov. 11.

  • After the performance, freshman Caiden Dean, junior Mya Johnston and junior Rielly Rittmann walk back to the bleachers.

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The cheer team earned a superior one rating for their group routine in the Blue Valley Southwest Showcase at Blue Valley Southwest on Saturday, Nov. 11. Additionally, the team was presented an outstanding choreography award as well.

Before the competition, the team was hit by some unexpected challenges, according to coach Megan Duden.

“We had a person get hurt Wednesday, [Nov. 8], and we had to change the routine completely,” Duden said. “We worked really hard this week. They are always willing to make changes when we need to and always working hard to better their skills.”

Despite being down a cheerleader, the team was still successful at the showcase. Senior Alexa Horton thought the competition performance went better than it had been at practices.

“That was our first time hitting the whole performance perfect. We haven’t hit it at practice and so today, I think we did really well,” Horton said. “I’m really proud of our team and pulling everything together and hitting everything since we hadn’t done that yet.”

Along with a group routine, there was an individual stunt group that competed. The group consisted of bases sophomore Riley Timmons, juniors Erin Miller and Ashton Rider and flyer sophomore Trinity Ouellette. The stunt group received a rating of excellence for their routine. The complexity of the routine made the stunt more difficult for Ouellette.

“The lib-full we did at the end of our individual, that’s a hard skill to get because you have to drop your foot and not kick your bases,” Ouellette said. “You have to get it exactly right or else it’s not going to go right.”

Overall, Duden was very pleased with how the team competed at the showcase.

“I’m really proud of them. They hit everything and they looked really good,” Duden said. “They did a great job of hitting their stunts, staying solid in the air and making a fun routine by smiling and having good showmanship. They worked really hard, so I’m super proud of them.”

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