Winter Cheer State Competition at South Prairie on Saturday

Alex Eisen/MDN The Minot High School varsity cheer team practices on Wednesday at the Minot High Central Campus.

Break out the pom-poms and perfectly choreographed routines. The North Dakota Winter Cheer State Competition will be held Saturday at South Prairie High School.

Approximately two hundred high school student-athletes from 21 teams (12 from Class A, nine from Class B) will converge for the North Dakota Cheer Coach Association (NDCCA) event to crown state champions.

“Last fall, we ended up winning in Fargo,” Minot High School varsity head coach Sarah Seney said. “We have a pretty experience squad, especially the varsity team… Some of our girls are competing in their eighth competition since their freshmen years.”

Both the Minot High varsity and junior varsity squads will compete in Class A. Local area teams participating in Class B are Des Lacs-Burlington, Harvey, Rugby, South Prairie and Stanley.

The events include the Team Competition, Time Out Cheer, Stunt Group, All Around Cheerleader Challenge and the Individual Jump-off for both classes.

“It’s been 10 years since we have won a winter competition,” Seney said. “So, this is kind of a big one. We are hoping we can get the win at the 10-year anniversary.

“It’s the same kind of setup (between the fall and winter competitions). The tough part for us in winter is that we have three different squads: hockey and two for basketball. So, working around the three different schedules to actually come together for one practice gets kind of difficult. Whereas in the fall, we practice Monday through Thursday with a (football) game on Friday. So, an easier schedule to work around and get everyone together to practice.”

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at South Prairie High School with the competition beginning at 11 a.m. Admission will be cash only: $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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