On Saturday February 2, the MCCA State Cheerleading Competition was held at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. The 13 members of the PHS Community Education Competition Cheerleading team, ranging from grades 7-12, competed in a division with NHERG and Northfield and took second place. This was the first year for seven of the 13 girls on the competition team and of that seven, this is the first year for five of them being on the PHS cheer team in general.
Preparation began in June with practice three to four days a week for two to three hours per practice.
“We have had our ups and downs throughout the year but in the end they gave it their all and as a coach that is all I can ask for,” Coach Jessie Wright said.
“I am very proud of each and every one of them.”
On the competition level cheerleading is a very tough and competitive sport with judges watching and critiquing your every move from your facial expressions right down to the point in your toes. A competition routine includes jumps, dance, cheer, stunting and tumbling (if you are a tumbling team). You have a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds to get everything in that the judges are looking for.
Lindsey Broda (an 8th grader on the team) said when reflecting on the state competition, “We were always the small town team that no one knew, cared about, or expected to win, and then we did win second place!”