Rangeview Cheer put on their performance of the year despite some difficult obstacles in winning their UCA Regional Competition Saturday. The win qualifies the Raider Cheer squad for the Elite Division of the National High School Cheerleading Championship to take place February 10th and 11th in Orlando. The Raiders topped a number of traditional powers in the process Saturday.
The win was well deserved for the Raiders and they did so despite a major injury at practice the night before. “[We] had to change the whole routine. There are a lot of veterans on the team and they are accustomed to constant change, so they were ready for challenges,” said veteran Rangeview Cheer Head Coach Lillie Dean.
Despite quite a bit of success in recent years, the Regional win was a landmark victory for the Raiders, as they are now the first ever APS team to win at the regional level and are also the first to qualify for UCA nationals. The regional competition is immensely important as all teams must compete and qualify at a Regional competition to be eligible to compete in February at Nationals.
UCA has been a major focus for the squad this year as the coaching staff specifically wrote and designed their routine for UCA this year. Coach Dean went on to describe the team as “humble” and preached that they “go into every performance with the goal of performing their best, instead of outperforming the other teams.”
The Raiders next compete in Greeley on Saturday, November 18, followed by State on Friday, December 8, and finally the aforementioned National Championships in February.
“We are now gearing up for State and then Nationals. We know we have to keep working and gaining momentum, said Dean. “We have no expectations for placement at state, only the goal to do our best. We seem to have the most success that way because it forces us to focus on our own strengths and weaknesses versus worrying about the competition.”