Cheer squad earns hardware

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Cassville cheerleading squad competed at the National Cheerleading Association National Cheerleading Competition on Saturday. In the front row, from left, are: Brett Cochran, Micah Cole, Keyla Martinez and Abby Rose. Second row: Michaela Preddy, Somer Brooks, Emily Sink, Morgan Popanz, Grace Schell, Raven Ganoung and Carley Klewer. Contributed photo

Cassville cheerleaders 12th at national competition

The Cassville High School cheerleading squad finished 12th out of 250 teams at the National Cheerleading Association's (NCA) National Cheerleading Competition in Dallas on Saturday.

"When we got the bid in July, I wasn't sure if our squad would be able to attend such a prestigious event," said Lisa Schell, Cassville cheerleading coach. "Once we were given permission to go, the girls dedicated many hours of practice time to be able to step on that mat with over 250 teams this past weekend."

During the two day competition, Cassville competed in the Intermediate Non-Tumbling and Game

Time divisions. They earned recognition and a trophy in both divisions finishing 12th in the Intermediate Non-Tumbling division and in the top 30 in Game Time performance.

"As a coach, I am honored that I had the opportunity to work with such dedicated athletes," Schell said.

This is the first time Cassville has competed at NCA Nationals.

"These 11 young ladies from Cassville represented our small town with class, dedication and talent," Schell said. "Memories were made that will last a lifetime, but this experience also taught this team that hard work and perseverance pays off. A little town in southwest Missouri can compete with big cities from all over the U.S.

"I can't wait to see what the future holds for CHS Cheer. We hope to make a second appearance next year."

Schell also thanked Cassville schools and the entire Cassville community for allowing the girls to enjoy an amazing experience and for their support.

Schell is assisted by Natalie Ward.

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