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Cheerleading team wins regionals

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Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 17:02

The cheer and dance teams are getting ready to face what they described as the “fun part” of their schedules.

After football and basketball seasons are done, cheerleaders and dancers can completely focus on their own routines.

The first competition both teams will participate in is the NAIA Regional, which took place in Oklahoma City, Okla. Feb 2. The Lady Braves cheer team placed first and was awarded the gold bid for the national competition held in Dayton, Fla. April 10-14.

“Words cannot describe how amazing this weekend felt,” senior Lyndsey Johnston said. “We are so happy to not only win first place and receive a gold bid to nationals, but to bring pride to Ottawa University in a sport that was otherwise overlooked.”

Coach Shayla Jacob explained how the action unfolds in this competition.

“The cheer team will present a 1 1/2 minute cheer, with signs and crowd involvement,” Jacob said. “Then, the girls have to present a 2 1/2 minute routine to music, which includes tumbles, stunts, pyramids and baskets. This is fun, crazy to watch. The girls really enjoy this part.”

The dance team performs a 2 1/2 minute routine as well. For this routine, the ladies dance to jazz, hip hop and pop music.

“The girls perform, the judges score and that is it,” Jacob said.

Jacob added that the teams’ goal for this competition is to do the best they can.

“We don’t know who is on our division yet, or what to look for,” she said. “Right now, we are just focusing on doing the best that we can.”

Jacob said the team has been working really hard for these competitions, which is what they work for throughout the season.

“We have a really long season. We start back in July, when we go to camp. Then, we work through football and basketball seasons and at the end, it is their time,” she said. “They have been working on their routines since they got back from Christmas Break.”

Sophomores Bethany Cobbs and Karita Geist agree with their coach.

“I am really excited. We have come a long way since the beginning of the year,” Geist said. “It is now time to start focusing in and getting the work done.”

Cobbs said both teams have a lot of potential, and it is going to come down to the fire they put into practice.

“To accomplish this my first, and last year on the team feels great,” Johnston said. “I am so happy to get to experience this with this wonderful team.”

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