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Van-Far cheer takes fourth in regionals for Class 1 Small

Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Front row, from left: Seniors Jenna Willis and Hannah Bauman. Second row: Coach Jody Bauman, Carleigh Phillips, Maddie Dunn, Ashley Stanich, and Makyla Vigil. Back row: Coach Lisa Otis, Bethany Regot, Katie Elzea, Emily Humphrey, Olivia Bybee, Emily Willis, and Head Coach Angela Carlyle.

Front row, from left: Seniors Jenna Willis and Hannah Bauman. Second row: Coach Jody Bauman, Carleigh Phillips, Maddie Dunn, Ashley Stanich, and Makyla Vigil. Back row: Coach Lisa Otis, Bethany Regot, Katie Elzea, Emily Humphrey, Olivia Bybee, Emily Willis, and Head Coach Angela Carlyle.

This year’s Van-Far cheerleading squad had a few obstacles to overcome before competing in the recent Class 1, Small Division Regional Championships.
Head coach Angela Carlyle was recovering from hip surgery, the Lady Indians had a new flyer, and there were several cheerleaders new to competitive cheer.
In spite of the adversity, the Lady Indians put together a solid routine to take fourth at regionals for the second straight year.
From June 6-June 24, the Lady Indians practiced two hours a day before pushing themselves to three hours a day from July 5-July 20.
“They really came a long way from beginning to end,” Coach Lisa Otis said.
During regionals, the music stopped two-thirds the way through the pyramid in the routine but the crowd counted with the girls.
“They fought right through it and completely finished the routine,” Otis noted. “…The girls worked super hard and I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls. They’re super excited to start over again and change the routine around for state.”
This year’s Class 1, Small Division State Championships will be held on Sunday, November 6 and it won’t be easy with 18 total teams. The Lady Indians will compete at 1:06 p.m. and the awards will be distributed starting at 2:45 p.m.