Panther Valley Cheerleaders have successful season
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders had a successful competitive season. Squad members include, front row from left, Theressa Eckhart, Kasey Gray, Stephanie Blum and Cara Shubeck. Second row, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Emily Horvath, Sarah Marouchoc, Brielle Poeldnurk and Kaitlyn Matula. Back row, Rylie Krapf, Storm Hughes and Kiley Boswell.
The Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders enjoyed a successful competitive season in 2011-2012.
It began on Dec. 3 with a first place win at the Moravian Cheer Classic in Bethlehem in the Varsity Non-Tumbling division, their first competition of the season, beating East Stroudsburg North.
The squad's next win was one of the biggest of the season.
On Dec. 11 the Panthers won a UCA Regional Championship in the Varsity Non-Tumbling division at Kutztown University, topping Belvidere (N.J.), West Haven (Conn.), Berwick, and Jersey Shore; and qualifying for the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. Although unable to raise the money for the trip, the squad was still honored to have qualified.
On Jan. 14, the Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders were the only small varsity team at the Golden Hawk Cheer Challenge in Bethlehem, but were edged out in the combined division competition by Easton and Southern Lehigh.
On Jan. 28, the Panthers were again the only Small Varsity team at the Garnet Valley Cheer Challenge in Glen Mills, Pa., taking home a first place trophy (competing against a score).
At the District XI Cheerleading Championship on Feb. 4, the Panthers placed third in tumbling-heavy competition, beating out East Stroudsburg North and coming in behind Wilson and Bethlehem Catholic. The same day, the stunt group that competed took third of 15 teams (from all divisions).
On Feb. 26, the Panthers competed in the Kedron Spirit Cheer Classic in Ridley, Pa. and earned second place in the varsity division (all sizes), beating a perennially strong program from Cardinal O'Hara and two-time Delaware state champions Christiana and losing to Archbishop Carroll.
The Panthers took home a first place trophy and National Championship as the only Varsity Level 4 team at Mardi Gras Nationals in Hershey on March, 11, but the Panthers' greatest accomplishment was their final competition of the year.
On March 17 the squad won a Grand Championship at the Shamrock Showcase in Shamokin.
In addition to winning their own Small Varsity division and beating York and Bald Eagle, the Panthers were crowned Grand Champions for having the highest score of the entire competition, also beating Large Varsity teams Mifflin County, Milton, Crestwood, and Williamsport.
The team won $250 for this honor, but the girls say their greatest reward was their performance and emerging victorious over so many talented teams to end their season.
The squad is coached by Hallie Seiwell, head coach, and Heidi Seiwell, assistant coach.