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JDHS cheer team takes 2nd at state

Coach says season's hard work paid off with trip to competition

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School cheer team came so close to winning the state coed cheerleading competition it was given a first-place trophy with its team picture on it.

But the team was announced as finishing second place.

After a couple of minutes of confusion and discussion with the judges, the JDHS cheerleading team was given a second-place trophy. Haines was awarded first place.

"We had a great performance. We just had a couple of technical issues that kept us from first place," said Tracy Oldaker, head coach of the JDHS cheer team.

The cheer team's routine, which had an Aerosmith rock theme, consisted of difficult tumbling and stunts matched by none, which is why the team and fans were left a little confused upon the final award.

"According to the crowd, it was one of the most exciting performances of the competition," assistant coach Meghan Bigelow said. "They hit it Aerosmith-style."

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Although they didn't win the competition as they would have liked, taking second place at state is a great testimony to this team's perseverance after nearly being cut from JDHS due to the lack of a coach.

"After a tough season, we delivered an amazing performance with high-level energy and an outstanding attitude," assistant coach Katie Crossley said. "All of the coaches and parents that came to support us are all extremely proud of every member of the team."

In the mascot competition, JDHS took first place with a strong performance from the team's mascot, Nani Toetuu.

"She showed a high level of energy and gave an entertaining performance," Oldaker said.

Members of the team will be able to earn all-tournament honors at the end of the basketball state tournament.

The team will lead the charge for the Crimson Bears boys' and girls' basketball teams as they continue play at the state tournament.

The team is not down about the loss, Oldaker said. "The team is in a great mood and we're all just having fun."



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