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No Couch Potatoes Allowed At Cheerleading Camp

A typical week of cheerleading camp keeps participants busy.

At Eastern Washington University the day began at 8 a.m. - for EV’s squad it began at 4 a.m. in order to be first in the showers with warmup and classes.

After lunch cheerleaders partook in various workshops and after dinner underwent award evaluations.

The day ended at 9:30 p.m.

There was a side benefit to East Valley’s participation.

“One of the best things that came out of it was the friendships we made with Central Valley,” said Kathy Ostrander.

One day when CV didn’t win a spirit stick, said CV advisor Leanne Donley, EV girls made them one.

“They supported each other in a way I haven’t seen before,” she said.

CV won two trophies, earned two gold and five blue superior ribbons and two excellents.

Seniors Brittany Beasley-Davis and junior Jaren Tichy were named all-stars and qualified for a chance to perform in London.

Members of this year’s squad are seniors Angela Graczyk and Marissa McAndrew, juniors Becky Cook, Jenne Dolan, Amie Helt and Lisa Williams, sophomores Tara Heuett, Britney Larson, Amy Nickerson, Sheena McAndrew, Kylie Meyer, Tiana Usai and Lindsay Zacher.

West Valley’s cheerleaders went to the USA Camp in Eugene, Oregon.

“We won three superiors and an overall superior,” said WV advisor Shanna Mohr. “When we got the superior we were invited to perform at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.”

Some team members could go, depending upon if they want to fund-raise, said Mohr.

Seniors Tia Gregorak and Brittani Gomer are team captains.

Squad members include seniors Monica Beach, Jennifer Thielemann, Bonnie Krous and juniors Jessica Anderson, Chabree Cassano, Hollen Young, Leanne Walley, Johni Nicholson and Eagle mascot Travis Millspaugh.

In June, said co-advisor Lisa Stark, University hosted its own camp.

“We bring in individual cheerleaders from the college level and above who teach cheers and work with each squad individually,” said Stark.

U-Hi has three squads and a total of 22 cheerleaders.

Football cheerleaders are Heather Harris, Angie Hayward, Megan Kobs, Megan Johnson, Monica Pfiffner, Heidi Schoenwald, Lindsay Stone and Missy Yoke.

Basketball cheerleaders are Rachel Bunnell, Julie Harman, Marci Huber, Toni Johnson, Jenni Mickelson, Shelly Russell, Traci Stirtz and Denielle Waltermire.

Wrestling cheerleaders are Sarah Atkinson, Heather Anderson, Ann Austmiller, Sarah Cortez, Lindsay Laughlin and Vanessa Liptak.

Stark’s co-advisor is Kim Morin.

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