Bengals cheer team earns spot at nationals

Blaine’s competition cheer squad will once again compete on the national stage in February after winning the 2012 UCA Hawkeye Division championship in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 8.

Team members pose with the championship banner and trophies in Des Moines, Iowa. Submitted photo

The Bengals will compete in the medium non-tumbling division at the UCA National event at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., which will be broadcast on ESPN, after placing seventh in the small non-tumbling division in 2012.

Blaine competes with choreography and music from Heat Athletics based in Milauwkee, Wis., and coach Susan Eschbach said the team loves to perform its kick stunt during the routine.

Captains this season are Kristy Fugate, Lily Olejar and Becca Stanley.

While the team has made it to the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association (MCCA)-sanctioned state tournament each year, only the top three teams are announced.

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