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Rugby cheerleaders win in state competition

By Staff | Nov 17, 2017

Kathy Jundt/PCT Rugby Cheer team members and their coaches pose, with awards they won, for a photo after the state cheer competition last week in Fargo. BACK ROW (left to right): Coach Ashley Stricker, Taya Rameden, Holly Vetsch, Ariana Hoffart, Lauren Voeller, Rylie Kuntz, Amber Schmaltz and Coach Kayla Voeller. FRONT ROW: Shelby Heisey, Allyson Kleespie, Hailey Miron, Shailah Strand and Corina Bell

Rugby cheerleaders took home the Class B title at the North Dakota State Cheer Leading Competition in Fargo, Nov. 11.

“I was so proud of all the girls this year. They did an outstanding job.” said coach Ashley Striker.

The group was judged by three professional collegiate level judges that came from various cities throughout the U.S. The girls were viewed by these judges and gained visibility for their potential college opportunities.

Rugby’s team consists of five seniors, four juniors, one freshman, and one 8th grader. The high school girls must maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.4 or higher. Their GPA combined won them the State Scholar Award for outstanding grades and is recognized by the North Dakota High School Activities Association.

The team won first place in the stunt group which consisted of 15 teams. This stunt consisted of five girls as a team doing professional stunts for one minute continuously. Ashley said that this is a very difficult cheer which the girls went to training for last summer. They were certified for stunt at the conclusion of this training. This area of cheering can be very dangerous, and each girl must be certified before performing stunts at any competition.

Rugby also won the Whole Group competition which consisted of 12 competing teams. Whole group competition consists of a routine choreographed for 2 minutes 30 seconds. It is set to music, and includes tumbling, cheers, stunts and dance.

Rugby also won the Time Out competition, which is a one minutes routine including tumbling, cheering and stunts. The Time Out is a practice routing that when a team calls time out, the girls rush to the floor and perform for one minute which keeps the fans involved.

Rugby’s next competition will be in Canada on December 10.

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