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"F 8 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 5, 2015 pirit sq BY DAVID PECK Coming off their best showing in many years, the Lovell High School dance team and cheerleading squad will head to the Wy- oming State Spirit Compe- tition next week in Casper, joined by the Rocky Moun- tain Cheerleading team. The LHS and RMHS teams will compete at the Casper Events Center next Wednesday, March 11, competing in Class 3A non- stunt cheerleading, 3A jazz dance and 3A hip hop dance. The Lovell dance team cap- tured first place in 3A hip hop last year while the LHS cheer squad won the 3A non-stunt competition. The Rocky Mountain cheerleaders will be the first local team to compete, tak- ing the mat at 2:56 p.m. Af- ter graduating four seniors from last year's squad, the Grizzly cheerleaders are led by seniors Melissa Bernhis- el, Sarah Jones and Maddie Crawford, returning junior Kaitlyn Hayes and three newcomers: junior Kel- sea Mayfield and freshmen Cassidy Crosby and Kenne- dy Despain. Fifth-year cheerleading coach Sally Bernhisel said daughter Melissa is in her fourth year with the squad, and it is Crawford's third year and Jones' second. "Only four of them have done this before," Bern- hisel said. "We have three brand new girls. I think our strength is their ex- citement. They are ready to go and excited. They're scared but they're willing to do anything we ask and try things. They are really will- ing to work with us. "They want to work hard and be excited about this. They bring a whole new fresh spirit." Bernhisel said this year's routine was again DAVID PECK PHOTOS Rocky Mountain cheerleaders finish their routine during a regional basketball tournament game in Riverton. Pictured are (l-r) Melissa Bernhisel, Kennedy Despain, Cassidy Crosby, Maddie Crawford, Kaitlyn Hayes and Kelsea Mayfield. Not pictured is Sarah Jones. choreographed by Kaylena Rasmussen, with the squad members tweaking a few things. She said the routine is a fun mix of dancing and cheering with lots of jumps. "We have requirements we have to meet, and the girls seem to enjoy this one. It's great. "Our presentation is getting better, and some of them naturally do that." Bernhisel said she hopes the team's hard work pays off. They have been practic- ing Mondays at 5:30 p.m., a lot of Saturday mornings and now every day of the week to get ready. The team will fine tune their routine at the state Class 1A-2A basketball tournament this weekend in Casper, performing at the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies' games and at the 1A girls game at the Events Center Thursday at 4:30 p.m. LOVELL CHEER First-year Lovell cheer coach Devan Fink is work- ing with five cheerleaders Performing their "Egyptian" routine for competition in the jazz dance category at State Dance competition recently are Lovell High School dancers (l-r) Mya Meier, Kaitlyn Grant, Tori Aiken, Whitney Grant, Amber Mayes and Heather Bartling. as the team prepares for competition at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday: senior Cas- si Colvin, junior Shandelle Allred, sophomore Daryn Allred and freshmen Del- anee Miller and Kaylee En- glert. Shandelle Allred is the only returning squad member after fellow junior Ashton Dickson suffered an injury. Also working with the squad has been fresh- man Kayla Johnston. Four seniors graduated from last year's champion- ship squad. Allred said this year's routine includes a crowd cheer followed by dancing to an '80s medley. "Shandelle made up most of the routine. It's her baby," the coach said. "Ash- ton helped with the choreog- raphy, and I provided input. They picked the music. It's very unique, defmitely Shan- delle's style. I think it will be good. The crowd seems to like the music. It's kind of sassy and energetic. They wanted it to stand out." Allred said the team is ready to compete. "There's good morale and they're excited about competing," she said. "It's a young squad, but they are very dedicated about the competition." The squad will get to perform their routine at least two times during the regional basketball tourna- ment in Lander, then will leave for Casper Tuesday. The team has been prac- ticing every Monday, Tues- day and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., also working on gymnastics on Wednesday. LOVELL DANCE TEAM Third-year dance coach Sara Green said her squad is young afLer graduating three seniors in 2014. The team will compete in both the jazz division and the hip hop divi- sion once again this year. The jazz dance squad includes returning senior Whitney Grant, juniors Heather Bartling, Amber Mayes and Tori Aiken and sophomores Kaitlyn Grant and Mya Meier. Junior Emilee Bryson joins the squad for hip hop. The jazz routine was choreographed by the team's summer camp in- structor Lauralyn Kofford and features an Egyptian theme to the song "Incan- tation." The dancers wear black wigs, Egyptian collars and white dresses. Green said the routine is "very up- beat, very fast - one of the fastest routines we've ever performed. The hip hop routine, choreographed by Green, is masculine in nature with stomp style moves. "We have some empha- sis from last year, some slow motion effects just to see if they remember us from last year," she said. "It's very upbeat, very mas- culine. The girls wear black pants, bright blue shirts and black jackets." The routine is choreo- graphed to the song "White Noise," which grows silent in the middle of the routine for the stomp moves. The dance teams will perform the jazz and hip hop routines during the re- gional basketball tourna- ment this weekend in Land- er, then the jazz squad will perform at 3:48 p.m. for state dance at the Casper Events Center, with the hip hop team at 6:16 p.m. ALL-STATE AWARDS Three Lovell students were selected for the all- class Wyoming All-State Dance and Cheerlead- ing teams after a selection . process that took place re- cently. Green sent sev- en dancers to the all-state competition, and three were selected. "It's possible to get 150 points, and you have to have 125 points to make the all-state team," Green said. "Out of a total of 36 danc- ers, 13 made all-state. , "Mya Meier placed ninth with a score of 129, Kaitlyn Grant placed fourth with a score of 132 and Whitney Grant plac.ed first with a score of 148. "I am so proud of my girls!" Green said. Thursday, 19, 201.5 Ken Ferbrache, MPAS, PA-C will be checking bumps, lumps, moles, growths and other skin abnormalities for only =10! Call North Big Horn Hospital Ken Ferbrach MPAS, PA-C Clinic - 307-548-5201 to schedule your appointment. HOSPITAL CLINIC ;201 .www.nbhh.c0m ,?el ook "Better than Billings pricing everyday!" Lovell 548-2269 Cody 527-5990 Worland 347-6548 42"' i 50" TV $398,881i:i Any purchase of $$99 to $999. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Coupon valid from 3.03.15 to 03.31.15 Any purchase of $1000 or more. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Coupon valid from 3.03,15 to 03.31.15 "Better than Billings pricing everyday!" Lovell 548-2269 Cody 527-5990 Worland 347-6548.