It is well known throughout the area that Woodmore cheerleaders have a good reputation for being the best.
In 2012 the cheerleaders placed eighth in the state competition. Woodmore has numerous first place titles from many competitions thanks to years and years of reigning excellence.
From the sidelines to the blue mats it is clear that the girls enjoy what they do. The squad is also a very close knit team, which gives them an advantage.
The first competition of the season was the Cat Challenge, which was held at Woodmore. Last year the girls took the first place trophy by half of a point over Elmwood. They planned to beat Elmwood by a larger margin this time around, and they did. The girls took first place with a huge lead over second place Genoa. Many could argue that this squad is one of the most talented squads Woodmore has ever seen.
“You wouldn’t even know there are only four of us upperclassmen unless someone told you, the sophomores and freshmen definitely keep up,” said senior Brianna Baer.
The main quality that sets the squad apart from others is their technicality and knack for having every little detail of the routine perfect. They work very hard on perfecting every part and are very dedicated athletes.
“To prepare for competitions it takes hours of practice, critiques, and hard work,” said Coach Angie Balduf.
The squad also attended Oak Harbor’s Nancy Leaser competition, finishing fourth. The girls were happy with the fourth place title because the competition there was fierce.
The squad plans to attend regionals and hopefully state this season. With the talent on this year’s squad, the season is looking bright.
The squad learned their routine throughout the summer. A competition routine consists of a cheer, chant and two dances. It is required to incorporate pom-poms and signs within the routine. A winning routine also needs difficult jumps and tumbling.
(Reprinted with permission from Window To Woodmore, a student publication)