PHS cheerleaders compete in championship
Parkland High School’s cheerleaders competed at the East Penn Conference Cheer Championships where they placed 13th last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.
“It definitely wasn’t our best performance,” said Parkland captain Devon Haggerty. “We could have done better, but no matter what, we tried our best and I’m proud of our team.”
The Trojans competed in the Competitive Spirit Division.
“We went in with high hopes, and we wanted to go out and kill it. We were really excited,” said Megan Spangler, also a captain.
Although the Trojans had some missteps, days before the league competition the squad had just won a bid to nationals at the Kutztown University competition.
“If you let a fall ruin your energy, you have to act like it never happened. We’re a team. It’s not just one person,” Spangler said.
There were several positives in Parkland’s routine, however.
“Our spirit was high. We were loud, full of energy and crowd-effective,” said captain Jennifer Panny. “We came in here with the same mindset we had at Kutztown.”
After each competition, sometimes adjustments are made to a cheerleading squad’s routine.
“It basically depends on what the judges say, so if we got deducted somewhere, we’ll change that,” said Haggerty.
Liberty High School’s cheerleaders won the EPC championship, and Bethlehem Catholic placed second.