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Lady Cougar cheer claims another competitive crown

The Central Kitsap cheer squad took home a state crown at the WSCCA State Cheerleading Competition on March 25 at the University of Washington.  - Photo courtesy of Barbara Nelson
The Central Kitsap cheer squad took home a state crown at the WSCCA State Cheerleading Competition on March 25 at the University of Washington.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Barbara Nelson

SEATTLE — The Central Kitsap High School varsity cheerleaders took first place at the Washington State Cheerleading Coaches Association’s State Cheer Competition.

The competition, held Saturday, March 25 at the University of Washington, brought together more than 25 high school cheer squads in an all-out battle of school spirit and charisma.

Competing in the Small Advanced Varsity Division, the Cougars went up against seven other schools: Hanford, Cascade Christian, Skyline, Stadium, Life Christian and Spanaway Junior High School.

The squad has had to overcome injuries prior to the competition.

Just a week before the competition, two of the 12 competing girls were hurt, forcing the team to revise and rework their routine.

Central Kitsap won in a very close race over Hanford, edging the school 244-243 for first place. Cascade Christian was third at 237, followed by Life Christian (235), Skyline (233), Stadium (203) and Spanaway Jr. High (177).

Team members include Bridgette Bleichner, Missy Navarro, Lara Templeton, Kate Deichert, Danielle Messier, Danielle Parrish, Nikki Crone, Sarah Diamond, Courtney Pearson, Brittany Rutter and captains Carolyn Schuetz and Ricki Terreault.The team is coached by Barbara Nelson.

Olympic was also at the competition, earning fifth place in the Small Varsity Co-Ed Advanced Division. Olympic battled Kentlake, Heritage, Spanaway, Sehome, Lynden and Kent Meridian.

Heritage ran away with the top mark in the group, earning 267 points. Kentlake was second (239) followed by Kent Meridian (217), Sehome (214), the Trojans (207), Spanaway (206) and Lynden (163).

The names of the Trojan cheer squad were not available at the time of this report.

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