The Bellwood-Antis cheerleading team traveled to the Altoona Fieldhouse to compete in the District 6 competitive cheerleading competition on Saturday. Nine teams competed in the competition, with the Lady Blue Devils placing seventh.
This year marks the third year of competing in competitive cheer for the squad, and it has proven to be a great time for them. Before the group got back into competitive cheer in 2019, it had been 15 years since B-A fielded a competitive team.
Caroline Nagle, a senior on the cheer team, commented saying, “The environment is like nothing I have ever been a part of before. Everyone is there cheering for everyone and no one puts down the other teams. Even Bishop McCort, who wins every year, still wishes everyone good luck and cheers the loudest for other teams.”
McCort won this year’s championship, as well.
Senior cheer member Caitlyn McCartney had nothing but positives to say about cheerleading even saying “this team is a family” and “competitive cheer really gave cheerleading respect as a sport.”
Caitlyn and Caroline have been doing this for many years and this year they were joined by Maddie Gority and Abby Mussleman, fellow seniors that had cheered before but haven’t in the past years.
“It meant a lot to be reunited with fellow seniors that had cheered before and stopped, but ultimately ended up coming back to cheer for our last year,” Caroline said.
Other team members include:
Juniors: Emma Chronister, Reghan Hostler, Emalee Strong, Emilie Kensinger, Ashlyn Ball.
Sophomores: Avery Turek.
Freshmen: Cami Focht, Kate Heisler, Savannah Wray, Annie LeGrand, Trinity Riva, Olivia Baney.
The cheer team will look to make big strides for next season including starting a junior high competition team. There will be a lot of cheerleaders coming back for the next few years, so the expectations and hopes will be extremely high.