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Morgantown cheer crew finishes Tenth in first-ever nationwide competitors

MORGANTOWN — For practically each highschool sport in America, a state or nationwide competitors would certainly point out the conclusion of the aggressive season.

The Morgantown Excessive Faculty cheerleading squad just lately certified for and competed on the 2024 UCA Nationwide Excessive Faculty Cheerleading Championship held in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 7-10. They earned a Tenth-place general placement within the Small Varsity Division I Recreation Day competitors after qualifying seventh out of 21 whole groups within the semi-final spherical.

Quick ahead practically two weeks later to Monday, Feb. nineteenth, and guess who was again within the fitness center for follow on a break day of college? Morgantown Cheer. They nonetheless have the remainder of the 12 months forward of them and not using a true low season on the schedule.

Though this 12 months has been one in every of historic significance for the squad, the coaches and cheerleaders all know these outcomes couldn’t have come with out years of arduous work and dedication to constructing a real program at MHS.

“This group of seniors which were with the crew for 4 years which have continued to be with us have been unbelievable,” stated MHS cheer coach Cindy Colasante, who’s in her sixth 12 months with the crew. “Periodically we now have some that pop out and in resulting from enjoying a number of sports activities or different issues and this 12 months is the primary season I’ve saved all of my seniors your entire 12 months.”

Not solely did all the seniors stay with the crew, however all 18 members remained on the squad going into the basketball postseason. This retention, Colasante stated, is essential in terms of a number of aspects of this system.

“It’s huge as a result of to have the ability to set requirements and expectations, you could be current,” she stated. “Like all sport, you’re taking a while off and chances are you’ll lose a few of your fundamentals. It’s additionally big for crew unity, preserving everybody collectively goes a good distance in terms of the game of cheer.”

Her seniors echoed the ideas of their coach. 4-year crew member Sydney Frazier stated the tradition that has been constructing since her freshman 12 months makes each member wish to proceed with the crew much more than earlier than.

“We’ve all the time had a superb tradition across the crew, so to talk,” Frazier stated. “One factor I’ve seen since my freshman 12 months is we’re extra motivating towards one another now. It actually looks like a household.”

Morgantown earned a Tenth-place end within the Small Varsity Division I Recreation Day competitors on the UCA Nationwide Excessive Faculty Cheerleading Championships with a rating of 85.8 within the remaining spherical with zero deduction penalties.

They certified for the ultimate 11 after ending seventh within the semifinals with a rating of 86.2.

Earlier than the nationwide competitors, the Mohigans competed within the state finals, with the highest two groups within the standings shifting on robotically to the nationwide competitors. MHS completed third behind George Washington and Hurricane, however based mostly on their rating certified as an at-large bid. 

The third-place end within the state competitors was one in every of big enchancment.

“The 12 months earlier than, we completed twelfth,” Colasante stated. “To return in third behind two groups like George Washington and Hurricane is wonderful. We couldn’t be happier with the progress and alternative.”

The chance gave each member of the crew the possibility to compete in a distinct atmosphere than they have been used to.

“I do all-star and journey so generally we now have these larger competitions, however on a nationwide stage, it was so nerve-wracking,” senior Kenleigh Nutter stated. “It’s a distinct expertise. I needed to name the cheer to begin it on and off the day of finals I used to be so nervous as a result of if I mess it up, I’d throw the entire crew off.”

“I had by no means competed wherever that wasn’t a fitness center,” Frazier stated.

The 2023-24 cheer season has been one to recollect for MHS and is paving a path towards a brilliant future for this system going ahead. It gained’t be too lengthy earlier than the Mohigan Cheer squad is again on the competitors ground and within the nationwide highlight.

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