Cheer finishes season with Nationals

April 23, 2009 — by Mira Chaykin and Guy Quanrud

Although there were some last-minute complications, the cheerleading team, composed of JV and varsity, soared above their expectations and pulled an amazing routine together just in time to compete for the judges at the United Spirit Association’s national competition in Anaheim on March 31.’

The team performed a near flawless, though simplified, routine, after losing several girls in the weeks before the competition to various issues.

“Injuries took a huge toll on the team near competition. It seemed like every week someone was getting injured, and that affects the team because with one girl out, we have to re do the entire routine,” said varsity captain junior Ally Doles.

Another problem brought on by the unfortunate absences of many teammates so late in the season was the minimal amount of practice the girls got with an ever changing routine.

“We changed the routine in the weeks leading up to Nationals, then even at Nationals the day before the competition,” said JV captain sophomore Erin Wong.

Most girls on the team came to a consensus that despite not making it to finals with their constantly changing routine, their performance was something they could look back on as a positive experience.

“Cheer and getting ready for Nationals was crazy time consuming, especially being a captain, but it was definitely worth the work,” said varsity captain senior Harriet Russell. “I’m really proud of our team.”

Doing the routine in front of the judges was the girls’ first ever performance with the altered routine. They managed to hit almost every stunt regardless.

But the competition was only part of the trip. The team got to spend three nights at the Hilton in Anaheim, and three days at Disneyland.

Now that the cheer season is over, however, the girls have more to miss than performing and Disneyland.

“I’m going to miss the seniors so much next year,” said sophomore Kaetlyn Rourke.

“They are all leaders of the team and it will be different without them.”

But there will also be a lot to look forward to in the coming season.

“I think we will try to work on the routine earlier next season and add more difficulty,” said Doles. “But given the circumstances, I think this was a great close to our season. I was so proud of my team.”