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The varsity cheerleaders build a pyramid as part of the routine they perform at pep rallies. This is one of the stunts they will perform at the States competition to take place this Sunday at Pinkerton.

Lancer Varsity Cheer to compete at States this weekend

November 3, 2016

The Lancer Cheerleaders have started off the competition season with a bang placing second at Cheer Madness and placing third at Capital City. The last competition of the season is this Sunday at 2:00 at Pinkerton, with Lancer Cheer performing at 3:36.

Varsity captain junior Cassie Stuart feels that the team has never been more prepared for a competition, and she is ready to see the Lancers take home a trophy at States.

“I feel like we are doing so well this season because we are all so close,” Stuart said. “We have worked so hard at every practice, and I can’t wait to show the judges what we really have.”

Junior Taylor Mellinger is also looking forward to competing this weekend.

“It’s very exciting because we’ve never been this ready to compete for states ever,” Mellinger said, “so I know if we perform like we do in practice we’ll do awesome this weekend.”

Head Coach Dennis is eager to watch the girls take the floor one last time this Sunday.

“Our team has trained all season for this,” Dennis said. “We are ready, we are prepared, and we know what to do. There are a lot of great teams this year, so rather than hoping for a specific placement, our goal for success is to show our very best performance yet!”

After States the season is over, which also means it is the last time the seniors will be taking the mat as members of Lancer Nation.

The four seniors on the team feel that this weekend could be a great ending to their last year if everything continues to go well.

Senior Kelly McEachern is sad to see the season come to an end because not only will States be the last time she’ll be cheering on the Londonderry team, but it will also be the last time she’ll take the floor again since she will not be cheering in college.

“I’ve been cheering for as long as I can remember, so having cheer come to an end is so bittersweet,” McEachern said. “I’m going to miss the laughs, the team work and being with the girls almost every day. Our team is like a family and I am going to miss it so much.”

Dennis is also sad to see the season come to an end so quickly.

“The end of a season is always hard,” she said. “As the season builds, so does our bond and love as a team and a family. It breaks my heart to know I won’t see our team and our seniors every day anymore, as it is always one of the best parts of my day.”

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