Bengals, Cardinals take on state’s best cheerleaders

by Jason Olson
Sports Editor

Coon Rapids and Blaine were among the teams to compete at the state competitive cheerleading competition sanctioned by the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association (MCCA) at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul Jan. 28.

Coon Rapids cheerleaders Angela Parker, Shelby Awada, Haley Guthmiller and Jobie Schuldt stand at the front of the Cardinals squad before they complete a tumbling pass during their routine at the MCCA State Tournament at Roy Wilkins Auditorium Jan. 28.Photo by Rick Orndorf

The Cardinals competed in the Division 1 Medium Varsity Division, while Blaine competed in the Small Non-Tumbling Division. Neither placed in their respective categories as Roseville varsity won the Grand Champion award.

Coon Rapids and Blaine will head to the UCA Nationals in Florida in early February.

Members of the Blaine Competition Cheerleading squad from left, Kalley Haley, Marissa Lange, Lily Olejar and Lindsey Lewis, lead the crowd in a cheer during the MCCA State Tournament at Roy Wilkins Auditorium Jan. 28. Photo by Rick Orndorf

“The girls have a countdown as to how many days, minute and seconds until they get to leave,” Cardinals coach Jaclyn Schuldt said.

Coon Rapids put together a record-setting competition season by winning six of 10 competitions entered. Tournament titles included the Panther Invitational at Lakeville North, Jaguar Cheer Jam at Bloomington Jefferson, Candy Cane Classic at Champlin Park, Winter Classic at White Bear Lake (first place and grand champions), Winterfest at DeLaSalle and Eagle Extravaganza at Totino-Grace.

Blaine turned in five first-place finishes, including a championship title at the UCA regionals event in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 10.