Cheer squad places 7th at state competition in Anchorage

The Wrangell High School cheer squad has finished their season of drills and RAH, RAH, RAH-ing with the conclusion of state competition last week.

The squad of Brodie Gardner, Cassady Cowan, Alisha Armstrong, Lily Younce and Nate Rooney placed seventh out of 12 teams in Division II.

“Their execution of game-day cheers and their routine was, in my opinion, the best I’ve seen all year,” said coach Stephanie Cartwright. “They had one mess-up in their performance section but recovered wonderfully.”

At the regional competition in Juneau from March 8 to 11, the squad came in second place, which qualified them to compete at the state competition on March 21 in Anchorage. Cartwright said the squad almost wasn’t able to attend regionals due to a lack of funding, but they held fundraisers and received a grant that helped them stay in the game.

Cheer squad captain Armstrong was selected for the state all-tournament team by judges, who look at the way cheerleaders carry themselves and treat others, their attention to detail and how they work with other squads.

“I’m very proud of where they all started and how far they have come this season,” Cartwright said. “We have lost some members along the way, and it didn’t stop their dedication to school spirit or each other. They kept working hard to achieve their goals, either personal or as a whole group.”

Kenai and Bethel high schools placed first and second in the division, respectively.


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