JV Cheer wins NCA National Competition
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Broken Arrow’s Junior Varsity Cheer team traveled to Dallas for NCA School Cheer Nationals on Jan. 14 – 15. The team had a clean sweep and took the first place titles in Game Day Championship and Performance as well as winning not one, but two coveted NCA national jackets.
“My favorite part of NCA was winning first place and winning two jackets because I’ve always wanted an NCA jacket,” sophomore Katelyn Williams said. “The team’s reaction to the win was shocked and grateful.”
The team competed in Timeout Cheer, Timeout Dance and Fight Song, winning all three categories. These three categories were combined to determine the Game Day Championship, and ultimately the JV team took another first place title.
“I was speechless and in shock when we won NCA, it felt amazing that all our hard work paid off,” sophomore Emily Thomas said. “My favorite part of the competition was performing, and when we finished performing, looking at everyone and being like we just hit.”
The JV team had been putting in long hours at practice and working very hard to perfect their routines before heading down to NCA. The girls had been practicing almost every morning at 6:45 since August and for the last three weeks leading up to NCA, had hours of evening practices as well.
“It was unbelievable when the team was announced first place,” coach Kyrstin Blood said. “There is no better feeling than knowing all the countless hours of practice, tedious repetition of every skill, and early mornings had finally paid off. The girls put in so much hard work all year long with the goal of becoming National Champions and to do it not once, but twice was the best feeling in the world.”
Both Blood and fellow coach Amber Slemp agree that the whole team came to practice every day ready to work hard and were all dedicated to making this routine the best it could be. Both coaches spent time researching their competitors and building a routine with a good amount of difficulty and that their athletes could hit.
“The whole experience was amazing this year,” Slemp said. “My heart rate was literally 148 when the girls went on the floor the first time. After the first time I got more and more confident in my girls’ performance. They looked so amazing and confident in themselves. It was truly a great coaching moment for us.”
The JV cheer team is still in the gym working hard for upcoming stunt games against other local schools.