Last weekend, the Grantsville Cheerleading Team attended the Utah Cheer State Championship at Salt Lake Community College where they won first in the sideline freestyle division for the 3A category.
“Sideline freestyle is something that is exciting to watch, like something you would perform at a halftime show,” Mikeala Butler, Grantsville Cheer Coach said. “It has to include two out of four elements of stunting, tumbling, dancing, and cheer. We did all four.”
In the sideline freestyle division, Grantsville competed against four other schools.
“It was amazing to win first in the category,” Butler said. “We went into it with no expectation that we would take first. We were just excited to be there and I just told the girls to go out there and have fun, because they will never compete with the same team again…When they announced Grantsville as first, we all just jumped up and they were screaming, crying, and hugging. It was an unreal moment.”
Leading up to their big win, the cheerleaders have put in a lot of work throughout the school year.
“They work really hard and I think that’s what people don’t see,” Butler said. “To be on the competition team is hard work. It requires them to come in for 6 a.m. practices in addition to what they are already doing to support the school, like halftimes for football, basketball, and volleyball, and supporting all of the other events… I’m just really proud of them.”
Last week, the team took second at their region competition, which qualified them to compete in state.
Girls on the team include Brittany Wendel, Jaylissa Ostler, Emily Palmer, Kate Palmer, Brooklyn Hutchinson, Paityn Rollie, Lyssa Christensen, Madison Carver, Brielle Fawson, Makell Matthews, Ashlyn Edwards, Haylie Clark, Preslee Anderson, Nikki Dong, Hailey Broderick, Chole Bird, Bentleigh Allen, Jaidyn Wilder, Chelsea Bodell, Lexi Williams, Atley Begay.
The cheerleaders are under the direction of Bulter, Rachael Oss, and Natalie Fawson.