By Lucy Halverson Lyman’s six member Cheer Team made history Saturday when they competed and won the first State sanctioned Cheer Competition Nov. 10 at Yankton’s Summit Center in Yankton, South Dakota. The team, coached by Becky Diehm, competed in the stunting/non-tumbling category. The Lyman team earned 158 points to garner first place in their division. Redfield followed in second place with 121 and Gregory third with 103 points. Other Class ‘A’ schools competed in the large team division including, Dell Rapids, Sioux Falls Christian, and Sioux Valley. There were 15 cheer teams and 18 dance teams competing at the state competition. The SDSHAA expects the number of teams to triple by next season.
“I’m very proud of my team, their behavior on and off the floor was excellent,” stated Becky. Becky added that the team, made up of five seniors and one sophomore worked hard throughout the season. Lyman’s squad members included Megan Meier, Ashley Kemnitz, Kylie Terca, Jordi Terca, Alexis Perry, and Charis Olivier. The squads are judged and scored on the following areas, jumps, partner stunts and pyramids, cheerleading fundamentals, dance, appeal and projection, and variety and perfection of routine. The stunts include throws and lifts. The Raiders score was 4th highest overall.
When asked what they thought won it for them Ashley Kemnitz replied, “Our lifts!” The team performed the helicopter and spin lift that were crowd favorites. “We all put a lot of time in practicing,” stated Kylie Terca. “I definitely had fun and want to come back again,” added Jordi Tereca. Jordi plans to try out for the cheer team again next year.
Saturday morning prior to the teams official practice time, Megan Meier injured her ankle and it was feared she wouldn’t be able to compete. Becky explained that trainers worked with her for a couple of hours and got her back on her feet. “She (Megan) was a real trooper; she didn’t want to let the team down.” Megan competed and helped the team bring home their first place trophy.
According to Becky over twenty girls tried out for the team last summer but she expects there could be more interested following the girls championship win. To qualify for the state tournament, each school had to compete at a minimum of two competitions during the regular season. Plaques and medals were given to the first and second place teams in each division.
Local businesses will be open until 7:30 p.m. allowing customers to stop in, get their Buckaroo Bingo card stamped, shop for Christmas and enjoy good food and refreshments. The parade of lights will start at 7:35 p.m. The parade is free and all are welcome to participate. Mark your calendar now; you don’t want to miss being in Presho Thursday, Nov. 29 for a Cowboy Christmas Celebration. Watch the newspaper for more details.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17, 2007 for Lura Brakke, 91, who died Friday, November 9, 2007 at Mid Dakota Long Term Care Facility at Chamberlain. Visitation will be Friday, November 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Presho with a prayer service to follow at 7 pm .
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