By Brianna Lehr
The Red Lion competition cheer team has been working since August to ensure they reach top ten in nationals.
“Walking off the mat at nationals feels so unreal because everything we worked so hard for finally paid off,” senior cheerleader Steph Healy said.
The team qualified for nationals on their most recent competition on Dec. 4 and compete at districts on Dec. 17 and if they’re placed at the top of their division, they are able to go to states, which is located at the Giant Center in Hershey, on Jan. 20 & 21.
The team is currently working on a routine that is choreographed by Emily Schmidt and has the highest level in terms of difficulty, including a dance, jumps, tumbling, and starting and ending pyramids.
The best feeling is when the routine finally comes together after the hours of trying to make it work,” Healy said.
Many different stunts are also included in the routine such as coed stunts, which involves a guy holding a girl by himself in order to perform different skills and group stunts which consists of two bases, a flyer, and a back.
The two bases and back hold up the flyer, so the flyer can hit the given skills. The flyer is in charge of hitting their skills and their goal is trying not to fall which is “Very difficult,” senior flyer Sammi Sprenkle said.
Sammi has been a flyer since fifth grade and says it has become easier for her but, “Some stunts are harder than others,” she says.
The team’s goal this year is to become world champions.
“We all play different roles throughout the entire routine and we are all working towards one goal; to be world champs.” Sprenkle said.
In terms of just competition cheer in general it is “one of the most frustrating but enjoyable things to be apart of.” Healy said.
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