Cheerleaders to compete at Regional
Flyers, bases, catches, tosses, cheer and spirit are all about to be judged on an individual and team basis as West Virginia High School cheerleading squads prepare for Regional competitions this weekend.
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School cheerleading squads will be two of the teams competing for the opportunity to qualify for state competition as they both compete at the Region I, Class A Regional on Nov. 8 at Parkersburg High School. The competition is scheduled for 6 p.m. with nine class A teams participating.
The order of performance for the competition has Tyler Consolidated taking the floor first, followed by: Bishop Donahue, Wheeling Central, Valley, Madonna, Clay Battelle, Paden City, Cameron, St. Mary’s and Magnolia.
“Our girls have a very difficult and exciting routine this year,” said Tyler Consolidated head coach, Stefanie Suter. “We are going up against some very tough competition in Region I. Clay Battelle, the reigning state champions, are in our division. We are also going to be looking out for Bishop Donahue and Wheeling Central. Those teams bring good routines to Regionals year after year,”
The Silver Knight team will compete with four seniors, two juniors, six sophomores and one freshman: Brooke Keys, Sierra Mace, Laken Miller, Megan Wilson, Jayme Jeffers, Katlyn Seckman, Shayla Griffey, Lexi Jenkins, Devann McCoy, Brooklyn Pittman, Taylor Vandruff, Seminole Weekley, and Scotlynn Straight. Alternates are Tessa Boyd, Autumn Kunkel, and Megan Miller.
The Consolidated squad has set their goals high, especially after earning a championship title at the second annual George Washington High School Competition in Charleston on Oct. 25.
Coach Suter said that she and assistant coach, Laci Strode are more confident than ever that their girls could make another trip to Charleston this year. “We hope that their hard work will pay off on November 8th.”
Paden City’s cheerleading coach, Kim Huffman says her cheerleaders have also worked very hard to prepare for the upcoming competition. “The girls have worked really hard this year,” she said. “Within our squad we have five volleyball players, four band members, and two of those band members are also cross country runners, so we have to make the most of the time we are all at practice.”
“Being in multiple sports makes these kids very organized. They go from one practice to another, then home for homework. This is what makes Paden City so great! They dedicate themselves to doing their best to represent our school.”
The Wildcats will compete with five seniors, one junior, three sophomores and three freshmen: Kayla Hizer, Hannah Stanley, Tori Anderson, Mallory Estel, Ciera Yoho, Desiree Heasley, Abby Still, Madison Kelly, Kallie Arnett, Malayna Price, Katrina Heasley and Jenna Arnett.
Coach Hizer and assistant coach, Michelle Gorby, are proud of the effort their girls have given and have high expectations at the Regional.
At the Regional, the cheerleading squads will perform a cheer no longer than 40 seconds long and an open portion which can be no longer than 2:30 long.
The West Virginia High School State Cheerleading Competition will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Dec. 13.