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Something to cheer about

Wildkats bring home trophies

Bruce Tippets

Cheering and dancing are two things the Northwest Colorado Wildkats did on their way to a strong showing at the regional competition Saturday in Grand Junction at Mesa State College.

In the All-Star Youth Junior Division (third grade and younger) the Wildkats captured first place.

Team members were Allora Chapman, Rachel Green, Shelby Gross, Jordan Maneotis, Callie Papoulas, Lauren Roberts, Morgan Serrano, Taylor Stoltzfus and Danielle Vigil.

In the All-Star Junior Prep Division (sixth grade and younger) the Wildkats finished in second place.

Members of the squad were Amy Dilldine, Tara Dilldine, Hailey Erickson, Sarah Fleming, Jordan Hice, Rochelle Johnson, Lynn Meyring, Meagan Rader, Cassie Rogers, Ashley Simpson, Amanda Wilson and Chantelle Wilson.

“Both the teams did an outstanding job,” said Wildkat coach Dawn Rader. “We have been only doing this for eight months. To compete with teams that have been doing this for years the girls did great.”

In the individual awards eighth-graders Rochelle Johnson had the best tumbling and Cassie Rogers completed the best jump.

“There were seven or eight girls competing for those positions,” said Rader. “They went out their focused and did a great performance.”

According to Rader, the other teams were from surrounding towns

“The competition brought teams from all-around Colorado,” said Rader. “There were teams from Palisade, Grand Junction, Roaring Fork and Grand View.

“The competition was high- level. The whole day was overwhelming for the kids.”

According to Rader, the regional competition was the end of the year for the Wildkats.

“This will conclude our first year,” said Rader. “We start back at practice after Thanksgiving and then we will focus at going to Disneyland in the year 2001 for a spirit classic and that’s what we are shooting for. We will still do a lot of performances and parades.”

“Next year we are hoping to do three or four regional competitions,” said Rader. “We had 21 girls that came down with us.

“The parents that came down with us were real supportive of us.”

“We are still looking for new recruits,” said Rader. “The new recruits can stop by the gym and see what we do.”