Cheer girls show off their Buc Pride
Usually crowds are cheering with cheerleaders, but this time the crowd was cheering for them.
The Blue Earth Area football cheerleaders took a break from cheering on the sidelines to take center stage at the MCCA Cheer-Off competition.
This was their second year going to the MCCA but this year they added another challenge for themselves.
Several of the girls were selected to try out for the All-State Cheer Team.
The six girls from BEA were Hannah Oppedal, Maygan Core, Madeline Jenkins, Andrea Bohmer, Samantha Welsch and Elitania Monrroy.
“It was nervewracking,”?Jenkins says. “Especially since this was the first time we had done this.”
Each girl is partnered up with another cheerleader from a different squad and are judged on their performance of a dance routine and a cheer.
“We all wore white shirts and black shorts,”?Oppedal explains. “That way the judges didn’t know which school anyone was from.”
They had to wait to receive feedback from their tryouts, but their coach Rachel Kienitz said all the girls who tried out did very well.
“I got up at 3:30 a.m. that day and it was totally worth it,”?Core says.
And, although they did not make the cut this year, the experience was the most important part to all of the girls who participated.
“It was awesome to be around all those other cheer girls,”?Core adds.
All of the other squads learned techniques just from watching the other girls compete that day.
“One thing, I noticed watching the other tryouts throughout the day was facial expressions,”?Core says. “We know we’re supposed to do it but seeing the other girls had facial expression that they had obviously worked on and planned.”
The girls agreed that seeing those things put into play was a good reminder of how important it is to incorporate that into their tryouts next time.
“Everyone was so nice,”?Jenkins adds about the other teams who competed that day.
Other squads would fill the stands during the Bucs’ cheers during the competition and cheer with them.
“It’s awesome when our Buc fans do that, but it’s a whole different thing when you have a crowd full of other cheerleaders yelling with you,”?Core adds.
The Buc cheerleaders say that usually when they cheer people are also paying attention to the game, but here it was all about cheerleading.
A topic they are all very passionate about.
“I?will wake up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready and go to a morning cheer practice,”?Core says. “It gives me something to look forward to.”
The other girls agree they look forward to cheering in the same way.
“I’m not a shy person by any means, but cheerleading helped me to come out of my box even more,”?Jenkins says. “But it’s so much more than that it taught me to be patient, be a leader. I’ve learned so much.”
There is such a wide mix of personalities on the squad who participated in the MCCA competition; some girls are outgoing others are shy, some are newcomers while others have been cheering for years.
“I am a shy person, but cheer has taught me you can’t be shy,”?Core says. “There are a lot of different personalities but we mix together well. You have to work together as a cheer team.”
The Cheer-Off portion of the day included the girls performing as a team. For that competition the cheerleaders are judged on a game situation cheer, a time-out cheer with stunts and their school song.
Bucky, the Buccaneer mascot, also participated in the mascot portion of the competition.
And, while they await their specific results from that day, the girls know that for the first time participating, they came out on top.
They learned from the other teams, mastered a new dance, mastered a new cheer and will take that and return even stronger to compete next year.