Cheerleaders end season with second place finish

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By Ryan Naus

After ending their competitive season with an eighth place finish at KAPOS state, the Grant County High School varsity cheerleaders were looking forward to having fun for their final competition.


The squad competed in the COA National Championship in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 27, finishing second in the medium division.

“It was interesting,” coach Leigh Simpson said. “We went to have fun and finish the season on a high note. It was all about new experiences. They did a fantastic job.”

All season, the girls have competed on mats in the middle of gymnasiums, but in Columbus, the girls had to do their routine on a stage, which Simpson believes had some of the girls a little nervous.

“The fact that there was an edge to the stage probably added a little bit of nerves on their part,” Simpson said. “The thought was there as they were tumbling towards the edge of the stage. They were a little awe struck by what they saw, but they held their own really well.”

The performance was the final one for seniors Danielle Hayek and Paige Mudman.

“It was fun to walk off the mat and see all the girls smiling when we walked off,” Mudman said. “There wasn’t any stress, but we were happy to be there. But it’s sad because I’ve been competing since seventh grade. It was weird to walk off the mat and know that I won’t do that again.”

Only graduating two seniors, the squad could return 14 girls next year.