On Oct. 2, the Cassville High School cheerleaders placed third in the 4A large division of the Missouri Cheerleaders Association state competition with a squad-choreographed routine. The CHS cheerleaders competed against 12 other schools from across Missouri. According to Mandi Lyall, cheerleading coach, seniors Danielle Pianalto and Becca Haney created the competition routine, which included dances, cheer sequences and stunts. The squad qualified for the state competition by placing first at a regional contest in July. The CHS cheerleaders took part in three-hour practices four times a week throughout the month of September in preparation for the state competition. Practices were held every day the week before the contest. During the competition, the squad received five bonus points for difficult stunts and tallied zero deductions. "I can't begin to explain how impressed I am," said Lyall. "This year has been very different than years past, and we have a lot of new faces. We had to start at the very beginning this year, building stunts and performing cheers, but the squad has improved so much, and it is evident in the fact that they won third at state in a larger division." Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: seniors Adrianna Fine, Allie Barton, Danielle Pianalto, Kory Hayward, Becca Haney, Emma Beeson and Macayla Coleman. Second row: juniors Samye Borushaski, Dodie Becker, Kristen Dotson, Shelby Barnhart, Courtney Parnell and Nicole McGuffey. Third row: sophomores Emily Cooper, Jerrica Russell, Emily Brewer and Erica Brattin and freshmen Korissa Latta and Morgan Shumaker.