University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Cheer and Stunt Team took first place at
the Cheerleaders of America Ultimate Nationals Tournament in Orlando, Fla. over
first day we had an okay performance, but I knew it could be better. We had a
couple falls, which always affect your score a lot. But the second day they did
amazing,” said head coach Sue Poeschl.
Austin Loveless agrees with Poeschl.
went to Florida and competed against a team from Kansas, and we weren’t really
sure what to think of them since it’s a two-day tournament, but we were told
after the first day that it was very close,” Loveless said. “Day two was one of
those things where we were trying to make sure we were in the zone, and we
ended up doing really well with our routine.”
to Poeschl, who was recently inducted into The Cheerleading Hall of Fame, the
team’s final performance was undoubtedly their best of the entire season.
waited for that kind of performance all year. We’d always been close to it, but
finally it happened,” Poeschl said.
Staci Schneider said that winning this competition was the highlight of her
college cheerleading career. Schneider attributed much of this victory to
knew throughout the season what we were capable of. Being a senior, it was the
best feeling and the perfect way to end my senior year,” Schneider said. “Sue
really turned the program here at Point around and made us a lot more
Poeschl insists the team’s success stems from their unrelenting commitment to
kids are fantastic to work with. They’re hard workers, they want to do good,
and they really put their heart and soul into it,” Poeschl said.
Loveless and Schneider, freshman Reann Dvorscek was also pleased with the way
the team performed in Orlando.
most fun part of nationals was probably just hitting that clean routine. It’s
really an indescribable feeling. It’s total euphoria,” Dvorscek said.
considers this experience motivation to keep improving while at UWSP.
college teams, you don’t see a lot of teams out of your own state, so it was sort of a
nice way to see what’s out there and how we compare to those teams,” Dvorscek
said. “It really shows what we’re capable of, and hopefully we’ll only get
better throughout the year.”
is equally optimistic for the future.
hoping that next year we’ll go someplace else, and they’ll be a lot of
competition,” Poeschl said. “I think we’re going to be a team that people are
going to look up to in the state. I don’t know if we’re there yet, but that’s
the point we want to get to. We want to be the team that everyone wants to sit
interested in becoming a member of the UWSP Cheer and Stunt team are urged to
attend tryouts for the upcoming fall semester on April 27 and 28. For more
information, contact Sue Poeschl at email@example.com.