By Shawn Gunarich
In the beginning of February, the competition cheerleaders traveled to Disney World in Orlando, Florida to compete in their second consecutive appearance on a national level. Ashleigh Reinert physical education teacher and coach expressed her feelings of the experience as, nothing else like it. “The atmosphere, there is nothing else like it”, Reinert said “everyone on the squad put forth the effort and I’m glad we made it as far we did.”
Competition cheer placed 12 out of 21 teams in the co-ed division. “We did great, we were a little disappointed with what we got, but you can’t take anything away from the other teams,” Reinert said, “but in the end it’s just a great experience.”
Competition cheer had a long year full of late night practices to make sure everyone was on the same level as the others. “It was hard to get everyone to work together and get on the same level as others,” Reinert said, “over half the team had never stepped out onto the mat before,” But when competition time came around the squad was ready, placing fourth in states and pushing on to finals.
“It’s like a well oiled machine,” Junior Samantha Sprenkle said as she described what it is like going through a routine during a competition.
Red Lions competition cheer is already looking to the future and gearing up for more practice and have talked of recruiting, much like what they did with the football players this year.
Red Lions competition cheer is already looking to the future and gearing up for more practice.
“I worry sometimes about the longevity of comp cheer, but I’m very positive about next year, and have high hopes,” Reinert said, “if we can do what we did this year I will have no complaints.”
“I’m very proud of all of them, for all their hard work,” coach Reinert said.
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