Cheer Team Snags Regional Title on the Road to Nationals

A win in Minneapolis adds new confidence as team prepares for nationals.

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Cheer Team Snags Regional Title on the Road to Nationals

Cheer Team performing at UCA Regionals in Minneapolis.

Cheer Team performing at UCA Regionals in Minneapolis.

Photo by Becky Rago

Cheer Team performing at UCA Regionals in Minneapolis.

Photo by Becky Rago

Photo by Becky Rago

Cheer Team performing at UCA Regionals in Minneapolis.

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Anyone who has ever been on a team knows that morale is important, especially when things aren’t going the way you planned. Skutt Catholic’s Competition Cheer team was no different when they arrived in Minneapolis to compete at the UCA Regional Competition this past weekend. Their first place finish was no accident, but came after a lot of work, both on the mat and off.

“At the start of the season we had a lot of injuries and setbacks,” said junior Meredith Hagge. “Understandably, there was a lot of frustration that came with it, but our team is full of hard working and energetic girls, who came to this competition ready to finish strong.” After journeying six hours, that’s exactly what the team did.

Weeks of rehearsing their game day routine, which includes a cheer, chant, and dance, helped prepare the team for whatever was thrown at them on the big day. It isn’t until they reach the warm up room that they understand exactly what they will be asked to do, adding an extra level of difficulty.

Becky Rago
A stunt for the game day routine.

But this isn’t the final destination for the team, Nationals in Florida are coming up in February, and the girls aren’t ready to quit just yet. “We were really excited to get a bid to nationals this year,” said coach Becky Rago. “We are practicing three times a week to perfect our high-level stunting routines, and are hoping the hard work will pay off to give us a top ten finish at nationals.”

It’s a busy time for the team with not only added practice but the added responsibility of cheering at sporting events and school, but the girls aren’t afraid to face the challenge. “After winning our division at regionals, I think it really made something click in everyone’s heads,” said senior Bethany Meyers. “As a team, we’ve got the mindset to really put in the hard work no matter what happens, and do our best at Nationals. We’re adding some difficulty to our routines, so making them sharp and clean is our first priority right now.”

Make sure to show your support for the cheer team as they embark on this exciting new journey to end the season.