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SHS, RHS compete in Spirit State Championship

By Melissa McCaghren
Slatonite GM
The Slaton High School and Roosevelt High School Cheerleading competed in the State University Interscholastic League Spirit Competition last Thursday (Jan. 4) at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The Lady Eagles made it to the finals of the competition, finishing 18th overall with a score of 82.47.
The Tigerettes did not make the finals.
The competition features a routine that consists of a band chant, a crowd leading cheer and the fight song, all in a three minute time frame.
Although Slaton’s team did not advance, Cheer Coach Sarah Rodriguez said the day was fun for the team.
“Our day was very simple. We supported some of the other area squads during their performance before we had to perform. After lunch we got ready, reviewed over the performance, and had a few run throughs before we went on the mat to perform. We have one shot at trying to make finals,” she said. “We were the last team to perform in the 3A, DII division in the Fort Worth Convention Center. There were several teams in the arena and it was an amazing experience hearing everyone yell back with us during our performance.”

RHS Head Coach Katie Miller said her team also had a similar start.
“We spent most of our day at State either supporting other local schools or warming up ourselves. We were excited to get to cheer for and support our friends from the Lubbock area since there were so many of us able to go and compete this year,” she said.
“There were definitely a ton of nerves, but we were also very excited to get to show off what we’ve been working so hard on since August to perfect and put together and it was so rewarding to see that hard work pay off.
“Our girls were thrilled to get to make finals for the third year in a row, which we’ve never done before and hope to continue to do in the future.”

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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