Mustangs win Region IV cheer competition

Eagle River earns two silvers


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Top row from left, Chugiak’s Stacey Allum, Holly Hanson and Rebekah Zelenkov perform their routine during the Spring Region IV Cheer Competition on Friday, Feb. 1 at Chugiak High. Karson Forbush, center left, and Dylan Timberlake hold Hanson.

MIKE NESPER

Less than two weeks before the Spring Region IV Cheer Competition, Chugiak High lost two of its male athletes to injuries.

It didn’t matter.

The Mustangs won the coed competition cheer category and were named grand champions of the event Friday, Feb. 1 at Chugiak.

“We’re thrilled,” Mustangs’ head coach Joyce Davis said.

Execution keyed the team’s success, Chugiak junior Karson Forbush said.

“We just hit everything,” he said. “We were doing really good today.”

The injuries caused some last-minute changes to Chugiak’s routine, Davis said.

“We had a lot of reworks to do in a really short time,” she said.

The Mustangs were up for the challenge.

“The kids, they persevered,” Davis said. “They put in a lot of hard work.”

That attitude didn’t surprise Davis because on her squad, “no one is bigger than the team,” she said.

Chugiak’s success also stems from its makeup, Davis said. The squad is comprised of athletes from several sports, including soccer, football, track and wrestling.

“I don’t have cheerleaders, I have athletes that do cheer,” she said.

Chugiak’s students weren’t the only ones who brought home hardware. Davis was named Coach of the Year.

And there’s no one more deserving, Forbush said.

“She helps out with everything,” he said. “She’s just a really good lady.”

Eagle River earned two second-place trophies — coed competition cheer and coed basketball.

“They did a great job,” Wolves’ head coach Melissa Brady said.

Brady credited the athletes for producing Eagle River’s results.

“I give it all to the girls,” she said. “It’s nothing I do.”

The Wolves’ competition team followed their success Friday with a first-place finish at the Top of the World Cheerleading and Dance Championship in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Shiina LoSciuto took first in the scholastic individual category, and Caitlyn Brady finished second in dance solo.

While pleased with her squad, coach Brady said Eagle River can still improve before the State Cheer Competition on March 19 at South High, which is a positive for the team.

“They do have room to grow,” she said. “We haven’t peaked too soon.”

For Chugiak, the spring competition couldn’t have gone any better.

“I’m proud of my kids,” Davis said.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River will be competing in the Contest of Champions Nationals on March 3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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