ER cheers to second at state

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 19:00
Asia Adkisson holds a sign as she sits on the shoulders of Caitlyn Brady during the Wolves’ performance at the state cheerleading competition Tuesday, March 19 at South High.

Eagle River High’s competition cheerleading team placed second at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Cheerleading State Championships on Tuesday, March 19 at South High.

Wolves’ head coach Melissa Brady was beaming after her team was awarded their plaque.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “Oh my God. This is awesome.”

Dimond High won the competition division and was named grand champions after scoring 89.25 points out of a possible 100.

Eagle River’s final performance of the year was its best, senior Haley Arnold said.

“We were really tight with our whole routine,” she said.

Arnold is one of 10 seniors on the team, most of whom have cheered together all four years.

Having a tight-knit team led to Eagle River’s success, Arnold said. The team’s close relationship is especially helpful in stressful situations, she said.

“We know how to calm each other down,” Arnold said.

The effort Eagle River put in all season was rewarded at state, Brady said.

“They worked really hard all year,” she said. “You could not ask for a better ending or a better year.”

Placing ahead of rival Chugiak made the Wolves’ final competition even sweeter, Arnold said.

“We beat Chugiak. That’s all we care about,” she said.

Despite coming away empty handed, Chugiak performed well, head coach Joyce Davis said.

“They had some missteps,” she said. “But I thought they had a great performance.”

The Mustangs — who were named grand champions of the Spring Region IV Cheer Competition in February — are losing three seniors.

Immediately following the state competition, Davis said she and her team were thinking about the upcoming season.

“I’m already ready for next year,” she said.


Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected].

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