Douglas Pee Wee Black Cheer Squad takes second in contest
The Douglas PeeWee Black Cheer Squad won second place in the 2000 Sagebrush Empire Pop Warner Cheer Competition, held at Sparks High School on Oct. 28.
The win qualifies them to compete at the Pacific Northwest Regional Cheerleading Compet-ition to be held in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 25. There were seven squads competing in the peewee division.
Head coach Diana Biggs said the squad overcame extreme difficulties and pulled it together the night before the competition.
“We lost three cheerleaders, causing us to completely rearrange our routine for the competition,” she said. “One of our stunt bases just came back from having pneumonia the week before the competition, and we were unable to perform our second scorpion stunt that we had all worked so hard on. We made last minute adjustments and miraculously pulled it off flawlessly. The girls went in there just to perform and have fun, and when we were announced as the second place winners, we were all ecstatic.”
Biggs said the sqaud placed because the girls nailed their routine and performed so energetically.
“We went in with no expectations,” she said, “and I think that took a lot of pressure off the girls and allowed them to relax and have fun, and it showed in their performance. Being able to perform the one scorpion stunt we could really helped us make the finals.”
In preparation for the regional competition, the cheer squad will continue to practice three nights a week.
“The main reason we are here is to cheer on the PeeWee Black football team and we will continue to cheer them on as they have advanced into the playoffs. I plan to regain the additional scorpion stunt and fine tune our routine for the regional competition. My main goal is that the girls have a good time, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Biggs said.
This is the second consecutive year that Biggs has lead a cheer squad to the regionals. “Last year, our squad placed third in the competition, and it was a first in Douglas history to do so,” she expalined. “Now the hard work really begins. We need to raise the money needed to allow the girls to go the regionals.
“In the community that we live in, everybody just pulls together in such a wonderful manner, I know that we will not have any trouble raising the money needed.”
To help, contact Biggs at 782-8637 or Sandra Bain, Douglas County Cheer coordinator, at 265-1883.