Cheerleaders take fourth at state
Published: Thursday, October 31st, 2013
After a season full of firsts, the Custer competitive cheerleading squad can now say they’ve placed at state.
The team competed at the state competition in Rapid City on Friday, ending a six-week-long season. The team took fourth place in its division and 17th place overall in the class “A” division.
“The girls were very excited,” said coach Mechelle Powers. “They were very happy with what they have accomplished.”
Powers said she has seen the team grow in fundamentals and cheerleading skills, such as tumbling and dancing, as the season progressed.
“What we used to work on has now become second nature to the girls,” Powers said. “Now when we begin next year, they are (beginning) at a higher level and can move to the next step.”
Powers said the judges did tell the girls they need to focus on incorporating difficult stunts into the routine, as well as different dancing techniques, such as rapid movement and multi-part moves.
“Think of it like singing,” she said. “Everyone can sing one part, but eventually, you want to teach one section to sing one part and another section another part. We’re ready (to incorporate) multiple parts in our routine and that’s really exciting.”
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