Silver Knights take second at OVAC
It was all about the cheer on Saturday at the WesBanco Arena as high school cheerleaders from all over the Ohio Valley competed in the 24th Annual OVAC Cheerleading Championships.
Locally, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight squad performed extremely well, earning them the runner-up slot in Class AAA just behind first place Linsly; and Paden City’s Wildcat cheerleaders earned third place in Class A with an exciting performance of their own.
“Laci (assistant coach) and I are very proud of our girls’ performance,” said Silver Knight head cheerleading coach, Stefanie Suter. “It is disappointing to end up in the runner up spot again, but we are happy that we put on a good show for our fans.”
Paden City head coach, Kim Hizer said she was very proud of her girls as well.
Taking first place in each division at the competition were: Class A – Bishop Donahue; Class AA – Wheeling Central; Class AAA – Linsly; Class AAAA – St. Clairsville; and Class AAAAA – Wheeling Park. Ironically, the line-up of first place finishers is the exact same line-up from last year’s competition.
Tyler Consolidated’s 13 cheerleaders performed a smooth, near perfect routine. Members of the squad taking the court in the competition were: Brooke Keys, Laken Miller, Sierra Mace, Megan Wilson, Jayme Jeffers, Katlyn Seckman, Tessa Boyd, Shayla Griffey, Lexi Jenkins, Devann McCoy, Brooklyn Pittman, Taylor Vandruff, Seminole Weekley, Autumn Kunkel, and Scotlyn Straight. The alternate for the team is sophomore Megan Miller.
Paden City earned third place in their division with their entertaining routine which saw the talents of nine members: Tori Anderson, Kayla Hizer, Hannah Stanley, Desiree Heasley, Madison Kelly, Abby Still, Jenna Arnett, Katrina Heasley, and Malayna Price.
“It’s been a long season and our girls definitely deserve a break from competing for awhile,” Suter said. She added that though she will be resigning as head cheerleading coach for the Knights, she knows the team will come back strong and ready for another competition season next year.
In fact, it has been a very long competition season for all the high school cheerleading squads in West Virginia, performing at other varsity sporting events while working to get their own competition routines perfect. Though their season is now complete for this year, plans are already in the making for next year’s routines and performances.