PREBLE COUNTY — All five Preble County high school cheerleading squads recently qualified for OASSA State Competition.
Preble Shawnee, Tri-County North, and Twin Valley South qualified in the Dance Division and will be competing at the Ohio State University on Saturday, March 2, while Twin Valley South, Eaton, and National Trail qualified in the Cheer Division and will be competing at Dublin Jerome High School on Sunday, March 10.
Tri-County North also qualified in the Cheer Division, but will be competing on Saturday, March 2 in the non-tumbling division.
Preble Shawnee, Tri-County North, and Twin Valley South all qualified for the Dance Division on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Miamisburg High School. According to Preble Shawnee coach Jenny Foxbower, the team is feeling “strong and positive” and preparing for the upcoming competition by making small changes and practicing twice a week.
Twin Valley South was one of two Preble County squads who qualified in both Cheer and Dance. For the Cheer Division, Twin Valley South will be competing in the Division V Non-Building Division.
“The team is obviously nervous for the upcoming competition – we have high hopes of depending our title from last year of Division V Non-Building State Runner-Ups, if not claiming the title of State Champions! Twin Valley South has not competed in the dance division in a few years so taking the routine to State this year will be interesting. It is a new experience for most of the team, but I have confidence in the girls in their ability to execute their routine to the fullest,” Coach Chelsea Sorrell said.
“They never disappoint us. We have an extremely talented group of girls who have put in the time and effort at practices for what it takes to compete at the State Level. The Comp Team received first in the Dance Division at the 25th Preble County Spirit Day. We’ve worked hard on preparing both routines and look forward to the outcome at state!”
Tri-County north also qualified in both Cheer and Dance Division.
“Our team is excited and proud to make it to this level of competition. We are a new team with a new coach and many of the girls have never cheered or danced before. They each have worked very hard over the past few months to be able to prepare for Preble County Spirit Day and Regionals,” Coach Trish Tobias said.
“We have taken the suggestions from the judges at both those competitions and are working to make our routines even better. The Panther Cheerleaders would like to thank the TCN community for all their support.”
National Trail and Eaton Community Schools cheerleading squads both qualified for the state championship at the Miamisburg Regional Competition.
According to National Trail coach Roxanne Laird, the team is working on stronger tumbling skills, while also perfecting the routine.
“We hope to place higher than we have in the past. So far, this routine has been more successful for our school than past routines have. We placed second earlier in the season and last month we received a first place in our county competition. Our goal is to end the season with our best performance yet,” Laird said.
According to Eaton Community Schools coach Paige Harper, their team has increased their practices to several times a week to prepare for the upcoming competition.
“The girls are all so excited for State! It is our last competition of the season and we are practicing multiple times a week to prepare. We have had a difficult season up to this point but we are redoing parts of our routine and perfecting it for our girls just in time for State! We cannot wait to compete and cheer on our other Preble County schools that are competing,” she said.
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