MASON — While most teenage girls are dreaming of what they want for Christmas, members of the Wahama High School cheerleading squad have another dream – to win the Class A state cheerleading championship.
The squad qualified for the state competition after finishing as the runner-up in the regional competition at Cabell Midland High School on Nov. 7. The top two squads in each region move on to the state event.
The Bend Area girls will travel to the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, where the Class A state competition will begin at 10 a.m. The doors open at 9 a.m., and tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students.
Members of the cheerleading team include seniors Logan Bissell, Morgan Harrison and Ali Walker; juniors Natasha Plants and Marley Young; sophomores Kerigan Blake, Caitlin Harrison, Baylee Hoffman, Lexi Roush, Kaleigh Stewart and Kenzie Warth; and freshman Sydnee Whaley. Advisor for the squad is Angel Hoffman, who has been the varsity coach for two years and junior high coach for the three years prior.
“After regionals, I gave the girls a few days off,” Hoffman said. “Now we are back in the gym every day, practicing a minimum of two hours each day, excluding Sundays.”
Hoffman said the cheerleaders will perform a 30-second technical cheer in the state contest, which must include two different jumps. There will also be a two-and-a-half minute open routine that includes numerous stunts and tumbling.
The Wahama cheerleaders last qualified for state in 2012. Two of the current squad seniors were a part of that team as freshmen, and are excited to return for a second time in their high school career, according to Hoffman.
“I’m very excited for the girls to have this opportunity to compete at the state level,” Hoffman stated. “They have worked really hard to get where they are, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. We have a very young squad with only three seniors, so we plan to continue working hard and hope to make it back to state next year.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.