• Wendy Smith

SHS Varsity Cheerleaders earn top award

Can I get a Hooray!!!!

The Stigler High School varsity cheerleading squad are beaming with pride — Panther Pride. On Saturday, Oct. 31 the squad earned the top award at a private competition run by J&C Camps. Let's just say they rocked and are now called Gameday CHAMPIONS!!!

"Gameday is semi new to Oklahoma, in that Oklahoma has only been holding Gameday comps for the past three to four years," said head cheer coach Angie Citty. "We went mostly to practice for regionals and state."

Gameday guidelines are slightly different than other competitions. Each squad was limited to certain skill restrictions that they could perform on the mat. The rules included no basket, sponge or elevator tosses; no inversions, no twisting dismounts from stunts, single-leg extended stunts were limited too a liberty, liberty hitch; no running tumbling, standing tumbling was limited to ONE skill; and stunting/tosses had to follow NFSH/AACCA rules. Even with those restrictions, the Lady Panthers dazzled the judges with a three-minute performance that proved they were champions. And it gave me chills watching it. (to watch their performance click on the link below)

At the competition, each team had to showcase their best sidelines and crowd-leading material in a game day presentation that included an announcer-led situational game day element. Each squad were allowed to use crowd-leading tools such as sign, poms, flag and/or megaphones.

Each sqaud had to perform a three-minute routine in the order of band dance, situational element, crowd leading, and fight song. In addition, after the completion of the band dance, the announcer was required to give the squad a game scenario indicating an offensive or defensive situation in a football game. See I told you the rules were different.

No matter the rules, restrictions or scenario's the Lady Panthers brought down the house and will be performing at 2020 Gameday Regional Competition on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Chickasha High School.

Coached by Angie Citty and assistant coaches Morgan Bryant and Mackenzie Cole, the 2020 varsity cheerleading squad members are Aspen Fitzer, Mabrie Hare, Cheyenne Jenkins, Meritt Price, Kynadi Self, Bethany Wright, Chloe Carolan, Arianna Matthews, Katie Matthews, Gillian Randall, Skylar Sweeden Tristin Weaver, Kinley Dill, Gracie Fenton, Emily Gibson, Aliah King, Elizabeth Orme, Kenley Ward, Kady Bickle, Elektra Horton, Gentry Powell, and Emma Zachry.

"This is the first time Stigler has ever attempted Gameday competitions," said Citty. "We will compete against 39 teams at regionals and only 15 will advance to state."

The Lady Panthers will compete against other talents squads in the 4A division. Schools attending include Daniel Webster, Harrah, Lincoln Christian, Inola, Perkins-Tryon, Bethel, Little Axe, Mount St. Mary, Marlow, Pauls Valley, Broken Bow, Central (Tulsa), Heritage hall, McCloud, Dewey, Seminole, Bethany, Chickasha, Crossings Christian, Locust Grove, Byng, Kingfisher, Jay, Jones, Oologah-Talala, Sulphur, Westville, Vinita, Sallisaw, Verdigris, Holland Hall, Miami, Bridge Creek, Ft. Gibson, Mannford, Catoosa, and Atoka.

"This past weekend, we got a real feel for what Regionals and State will look like, we learned a lot and know what we need to fix for next weekend," said Citty. "We were super proud to walk away from our very first Gameday competition as the 4A Champions and second over all divisions."

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