Archive for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cheerleading champions

Lansing students help lead team to victory in Texas competition

March 30, 2006

Three Lansing students started off their spring break with a view from the top.

Amber Walden, Erin Rodgers and Sica Bradford, all members of the G-Force Athletics All-Star Cheerleading Squad of Lawrence, traveled to Wichita Falls, Texas, to compete in the Longhorn Champions Cup cheer competition on March 18. The competition featured squads from Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

G-Force Athletics took top honors in four categories. G-Force received first place for its teams in two divisions and was named overall grand champion. The senior division team, which included Walden, Rodgers and Bradford, was honored as most creative squad.

G-Force is a new program that trains for cheerleading competitions and is "doing really good for its first year," Bradford said. Bradford, a junior at Lansing High School, said she had been part of an extracurricular cheerleading team for several years and followed her coaches when they started G-Force.

The senior team consists of 16 girls, most of them from Lawrence and Topeka, Bradford said.

At the competition, which Bradford said was the last of the season, the team performed one 2 1/2-minute routine to music twice. Judges were looking for difficulty level, jumps and tumbling, technique, sharpness and crowd involvement, Bradford said.

Overall, Bradford said, "It was a really good competition" and "really exciting."

"We did a really good job, and it was tough competition. It really was," she said.

Once the competition was over, Bradford didn't immediately have to hop in the car for the nine-hour drive back. She said she and Rodgers and their mothers spent most of spring break in Texas, visiting places where their mothers used to live.

Walden, Rodgers and Bradford all have been part of the LHS cheerleading squad. Walden will graduate in May, and Rodgers, a junior, and Bradford will be a part of the Lions cheerleading squad next year.

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