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             UCA CAMP AT ISU

        Like many other teams, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School cheerleaders are using the summer to hone their skills. Twenty-one PBL cheerleaders recently attended a stunt and performance camp at Illinois State University. The four day camp was sponsored by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.  The camp’s focus was primarily on stunting, pyramids, jumps and learning a dance routine. The camp also provided opportunities for a variety of team building activities.


            The highlight of the camp was the final day when all squads performed the routine they had been working on throughout camp. Each squad individualized the routine by adding their own stunting, dancing, jumps or tumbling sequence for a portion of the routine. PBL came home with two trophies. They received a trophy for their superior performance of their routine at the Camp Champ competition. The superior rating is the highest rating a squad could receive. The team also received a trophy for Most Improved Squad. Throughout the week the squad earned three superior ribbons and one excellent for their performances of stunts and their routine. The group also won a Spirit Stick which was given to teams that demonstrated teamwork, obeyed camp rules, and worked positively with instructors, coaches, and teammates.

            The camp also provided an opportunity for cheerleaders to try out for the UCA All Star team. Cheerleaders had to perform a jump, cheer and dance routine. Tara Frichtl, Jessie Peers, Rachel Reynolds, Jen Hess, Maddy Hendricks and Sara Diesburg all competed and received All-Star pins. Frichtl and Peers both earned a spot on the UCA All Star team and received an All Star medallion.

            Also held at camp was a “Jump” competition. Each participant performed one cheerleading jump. Those participating from PBL were Tara Frichtl, Maddy Hendricks, Kaitlyn Wooten and Adrian Young. Tara Frichtl advanced to the semi-finals portion of the competition.

            Another competition was one of strength. Representatives from each squad put one girl up in an extension to see which squad could hold up their flyer the longest. The team from PBL was comprised of bases Amber Larsen and Adrian Young, back spot Jessie Peers and flyer Carlee Brocato. PBL placed third in the competition.

            Day three of the camp began with a Sports Rally. Participating from PBL were Sara Diesburg, Tara Frichtl, Maddy Hencricks, Jen Hess, Amber Larsen, Chelsee Lawless, Jessie Peers, Rachel Reynolds and Marisa Wilson.

            PBL squad captains were also able to attend sessions to help with leadership skills. Captains for football cheerleading squads are Rachel Reynolds, JV and Tara Frichtl, varsity. Captains for the basketball cheerleading squads are Jen Hess, JV and Tara Frichtl and Jessie Peers, varsity.

            While the cheerleaders were attending sessions, Coach Peggy Seibring spent a portion of each day attending sessions and completed the UCA Advisor Program which is a comprehensive coaches’ education program. Topics included spotting, proper techniques for partner stunts, pyramids, tumbling, conditioning and establishing safe parameters for cheerleading activities.

            PBL cheerleaders attending were freshmen Carlee Brocato, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Jamie Peers and Sabrina Rottet; sophomores Sara Diesburg, Meghan Foss, Maddy Hendricks, Alexis Hernandez, Jen Hess, and Rachel Reynolds; juniors Amber Domaska, Molly Hendricks, Chelsee Lawless, Maisie Swanson, Marisa Wilson and Kaitlyn Wooten; and seniors Caitlin Carson, Tara Frichtl, Amber Larsen, Jessie Peers and Adrian Young.