Woodmore’s cheerleading squad gave outgoing head coach Kathy Damschroder a good sendoff last month. The Wildcats squad took first place in the large (20 members and over) varsity, non-mount division March 7 at the 21st annual Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Columbus.
It was Woodmore’s first time competing at the Arnold Classic.
“You just register and you go. It was great,” Damschroder said. “We (scored) 308 points to get ‘National Championship’ jackets. You are scored by four judges.”
Damschroder, who has been coaching at Woodmore for 10 years, just completed her third and final year as the squad’s head coach.
She said the Woodmore cheerleaders try out for the team each spring and then practice throughout the summer.
“We start competing in November,” Damschroder said. “We competed at Oak Harbor and took third there. Then we competed at our own competition and took second place there. This (Arnold Classic) was our last one and we got first there.
“I was extremely proud, especially combining the JV and varsity. You have all different skill levels. In most competitions, you go against just varsity. We compete against much larger schools, so for us to do that is really good. They work really hard and don’t always get the credit they deserve.”
Cheerleaders who performed for Woodmore at the Arnold Classic were seniors Maureen McGee, Taylor Rife, Danielle Dupler, Colleen Anderson and Brittney Curry; juniors Kitty Smith, Amanda Hefflinger, Haley Speaker, Marissa Laraby, Lynne Schroeder and Katie Brand; sophomores Cody Curry, Taylor Bihn, Devon Holbrook, Stephanie Holland and Arika Michaelis; and freshmen Maribeth McGee, Jenna Corron, Olivia Czeczele, Lora Zatko and Morgan Rife.
Damschroder said P.J. Price of Fremont choreographed the Wildcats’ routine.
“He owns a gym in Fremont and he’s a longtime friend of ours,” she said. “It’s like a three-minute routine and consists of a cheer, a chant and around one minute of dance. Tumbling is included in that, too.”
All the Woodmore cheerleaders cheer for the school’s basketball or football teams.
There are an estimated 1.5 million participants in all-star cheerleading in the U.S.