Oak Ridge cheer squad wins national title

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Oak Ridge has had a strong cheer program for years and this year’s squad has added to the program’s reputation. On March 27 the Trojans won the small coed varsity advanced division of the USA High School National Cheer Competition, beating out seven other teams from California, Utah, Arizona, Washington and Nevada. The team performed a two-minute routine, which included elite tumbling, a jump sequence, dance, pyramids, a crowd involvement cheer, partner stunting and group stunting. The team has been practicing the routine since October and qualified for Nationals at a previous regional competition. “We were in second place going into the finals, but our finals routine was flawless,” Oak Ridge co-cheer coach Lynn Starr said. “It was very exciting, as this is the biggest West Coast High School Cheer Competition. Last year we took fifth out of 15 teams.” Oak Ridge’s team is made up of 31 athletes and is coached by Starr, Nichole Kernodle and Brittny Starr.