With a cheerleading squad battling injuries and the transition from Class 2 Large to a talented Class 1 Small division, Van-Far cheerleading coach Angela Carlyle was uncertain of how her squad would perform at regionals last week in Moberly. To her excitement, the Lady Indians finished fourth to qualify for this year’s state championships scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.
“As far as I’m concerned with getting 33 points deducted and placing fourth, it shows those girls did a really good job,” Carlyle said.
“…We have definitely battled with injuries, sprained ankles, bloody noses…The girls worked so hard five days a week for two months, making sure they were still able to do it…”
The point deductions included three points for a mid-driff showing and 30 points on a rule change effective this year.
“All of our stunts hit and our tumbling hit,” Carlyle said.
“We’ve got good tumblers this year. We had a few personal mistakes from those who have not competed before…We’ve got a lot of changes to make and we’ll work on what to do and how to do it.“
Marceline, a team that won a state title last year in Class 2 Small, won this year’s regional title with Putnam Co. finishing in a close second.
Northeast (Cairo) took third while Westran and New Bloomfield tied for fifth to earn the final two state qualifying spots.
There will be approximately 14 teams scheduled to compete this year at state in Class 1 Small as Van-Far usually faced just seven or so teams in years past.
“Lisa (Otis) and I are just real excited to get to state and be able to show what we’ve got at this new level now and hopefully we’ll come away from state with a win.”
Cheerleaders at regionals included Chevi Windland, Micaella Love, Mackenzie Baumbach, Haven Atkinson, Melani Hamlett, Brooke James, Madison Orr, Maggie Schmidt, Jaselle Brookins, Madison Wieberg, and Sarah Motley.