ORLANDO, FL — The West Orange High School (WOHS) cheerleaders recently took fourth place in the Large Non-Tumbling Division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The NHSCC is the most prestigious championship in the country and is televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2.
"We had a very successful trip and the coaches could not be more proud of the girls' two game-day performances this weekend," said head coach Olivia Del Spina. "The Large Non Tumbling Game Day Division requires our 18 girls to compete in four components: band dance, situational sideline, time out cheer and fight song."
The team competed in the semifinal round before being chosen to advance to the game-day finals.
“Only half of the teams that competed in the semi-finals round are chosen to advance to the finals,” said Del Spina. “The game-day division has grown in popularity and tripled in size from last year."
The Mountaineers also made it to the semifinal round of the cheer music routine in the Medium Non Tumble Division. The team is comprised of 16 girls who compete in a two-minute and 30-second routine, including a crowd-leading cheer and a music section. More than 45 teams competed in this division.
"The coaches are very proud of the improvements and growth the girls have made in the cheer music routine division,” said Del Spina. “This is one of the hardest skilled routines the program has ever competed in.”
The team will continue working hard over the next month to prepare for its last two local competitions, ending the season at the NJCDCA State Championship.
"We are looking to defend our state title in the non-tumbling division and, for the first time, compete in the new state game-day division,” said Del Spina.