Though the Van-Far Lady Indians cheerleading squad didn’t leave this year’s Class 1 Small State Championships with a Top-5 plaque, the squad managed to knock off about 10 schools to tie for seventh place.
The Lady Indians were just nine points away from winning a state plaque in the Class 1 Small Division.
Van-Far coach Lisa Otis said the squad had a solid routine that did have one of its stunts go wrong that the girls hit 99% of the time.
In spite of not winning a plaque, the Lady Indians finished better than the seed given to them entering this past Sunday’s Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championships in Columbia.
“We were both super proud of them,” said Otis about herself and coach Angela Carlyle.
The Lady Indians began practicing on their state routine during the first part of September and worked nine to 10 weeks getting ready for the event.
Van-Far finished fourth place out of 13 teams last year.
The 2016 top five placewinners were 1) Putnam County, 2) East Carter, 3) Spokane, 4) Fayette, and 5) Marceline