A rousing routine filled with tumbling, stunting and dance boosted Creswell High’s competition cheer team to a third-place finish during the Lebanon Spirit Competition held Jan. 5 at Lebanon High School.
It was the team’s first competitive outing of the season.
Coached by Christine Bandey, the CHS squad took third in the 3A/2A/1A Varsity All-Girl Division, placing behind division winner Central Linn and second-place Scio.
”Saturday’s performance was a great start for our competition season,” Bandey said. ”Like every other season, we use our first competition as a base of what items we need to work on and improve each week for the next competition.”
On Creswell’s 2018-19 competition cheer team are Arian Lawson, Cameron Romo, Candace Naron, Chalyn Michelson, Dianna Leveque, Haley Smith, Jessalyn Aiken, Kiara McNamara, Lily Plummer, Mikiah Southmayd, Taiylor Bowling, Tianna Evans and Sophia Janezic.
This year’s routine opens with a cheer, followed by a minute and a half of music to which the team tumbles, performs cheerleading stunts and finishes with dance.
The CHS competition cheer team will be in action again this Saturday at South Albany High School, as they pursue their goal of qualifying to compete in the state cheerleading championships in February.
In preparation, ”We plan on adding some extra practices to gain our confidence and add some skills to help bump up points in our score sheets,” Bandey said.