ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston High School cheerleaders swept district competition for the second year in a row at Pocatello High School recently and are now preparing for state on March 20 at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
This is the second time the Preston cheer squad has qualified in all three areas since the IHSAA recognized cheer as a sport, said coach Pandi Elison.
“They did very well. They took first in all three categories — show, sideline and pom,” she said.
The coach was pleased at the girls’ success. She thought they would have a good chance of scoring high in the different divisions.
“The girls have done well at our preparatory competitions, so I expected them to qualify in several areas. Sweeping all first places is rarely done and we did it two years in a row,” Elison said.
“We competed against Pocatello and Century. Cheer has not yet combined with the other schools in the fifth/ sixth districts. The Pocatello Indians and Diamondbacks have been tough to compete against in the past. Both of those schools have a history of placing and winning at state competitions in the last few years.
“I am extremely pleased with the girls. They were so focused this year. They were focused on what they were doing. They really pulled through,” Elison said.
This story is sponsored by Willow Valley: Dr. Morrison.
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