Two Blue Valley high schools won state titles at the 2022 Game Day Spirit Showcase competition earlier this month for cheerleading and dance squads.
Catch up quick: Blue Valley High took home the cheerleading state title in Class 6A, while Blue Valley Southwest was named the champion in the Class 5A dance competition.
- This marks the sixth year in a row that at least one Blue Valley high school has taken home a state title from the Game Day Spirit Showcase.
- Last year, Southwest won the Class 5A cheer competition, while Northwest took home the cheer crown in Class 6A.
What they’re saying: Blue Valley High head coach Jamie Van Loben Sels said she believed the amount of upperclassman leadership, coupled with a strong work ethic, led the Tigers to taking home the cheerleading title after placing third last year.
- “Most of our state team was a little bit older with mostly upperclassman. I think we only had five underclassman on the team this year,” she said.
- It was also the team’s attention to the finer details that helped put them in first place, according to Van Loben Sels.
- It’s the Blue Valley’s first cheer title since 2017.
Key quote: “As coaches, we can give the girls all the corrections in the world, but they were the ones that truly took it to heart,” Van Loben Sels said. “The girls worked hard to earn that achievement, and it’s very well deserved.”
Meanwhile: BV Southwest head coach Jaymes Dickinson said his dance team, known as the Glitter Girls, was determined to win this year after coming in second at state for the past two years.
- “They set a goal for themselves that they were not going to get second anymore, so I think really the results from the past two years has really pushed them to take it up a notch,” Dickinson said.
What’s next for the two Blue Valley squads?
While the teams are excited about their wins, both coaches said they are already preparing for other upcoming regional and national competitions taking place over the next few months.
- In February, Blue Valley is set to head to the national cheerleading competition hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association in Orlando, Fla.
- The Glitter Girls of BV Southwest are expected to compete at regionals next week before heading to the National Dance Alliance competition in early March.
- “The team has set their eyes on a national championship as well, so we are working hard,” Dickinson said.