Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

They’ve got spirit

LHS cheerleaders earn trophies at weekend competition

February 2, 2006

W-I-N-N-E-R-S!

That's what the Lansing High School cheerleaders might have been thinking last weekend when they were awarded two trophies at the first Mill Valley Winter Showcase Festival.

All 14 members of the LHS cheer squad attended the festival, where they performed cheers, dances, chants and stunts, including several with a "flyer," a girl thrown into the air, and a full-team pyramid, team sponsor Melissa Cappel said. The team was rated on a variety of criteria but was not in direct competition with other teams at the event, Cappel said.

Based on its performance, the team earned a showmanship award for its enthusiasm and technical quality. The squad also earned a spirit award - the team to receive that honor is elected by other teams at the festival, Cappel said.

"It's always a compliment to get awards," Cappel said, calling the spirit trophy an "elite award for cheerleading." "I think (the girls) exceeded their own expectations."

After nearly seven months practicing at least twice a week, sometimes early in the morning to prepare for game performances and exhibitions, the cheerleading season is coming to a close. The squad performed this year at one competition, an exhibition in Tonganoxie and also at a VIP event Bank Midwest in Leavenworth, Cappel said. Now the team has only a few performances left, including a halftime show with the Lionettes at Friday's girls basketball game. The two groups also performed together on Tuesday.

The cheerleaders will have tryouts in March, Cappel said. With only one senior graduating, captain Brooke McGovern, and several students rated All-Americans in cheerleading at camps last summer, she expects to have a strong team again next year as she has for the past two years, she said.

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