The Marble Falls High School cheer squad showed once more why it is one of the best in the state thanks to earning numerous awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp July 23-26.
Marble Falls won the the cheer dance category and finished second in the cheer category while competing in the large team division for squads with at least 20 members. Other honors include winning the Coveted Banana for the Most Spirit on the camp’s first night, capturing the spirit stick every night, and earning a blue ribbon and a red ribbon for evaluations for the camp.
Several members also were named All-Americans. They include seniors Alyssa Berkman, Jalynn Clark and Ellie Whittle and juniors Emily Martin and Kaley Smith, who are varsity members, and freshmen Kate McCary and Maria Leon, who are on the junior varsity squad.
Coach Robin Dahl, who is in her first year of guiding the cheerleaders, commended the athletes on their performances and commitment to improving while at the camp. She noted they learned chants, dances, stunts and skills that will be used throughout the 2022-23 academic year.
“A lot of the skills are integrated into cheers, dances and crowd leading,” Dahl said. “We focus on getting the cheerleaders gameday ready in leading the crowd. (The cheerleaders) have high expectations for themselves. This program has been elevated for a long time. They really do hold themselves to a high standard every time they step out on the mat for practices. They’re working hard to keep up their standards.”
Dahl said the camp’s importance can’t be overstated.
“The purpose of the camp is to prepare for the upcoming school year and prepare for the upcoming team competition in January,” she said.
One squad Marble Falls will keep an eye on is Lago Vista, whose squad won the Class 3A Division I state title last year. Lago Vista and Marble Falls are in the same non-football sports district for the next two years beginning in the 2022-23 school year.
That also means the cheer squads faced each other in head-to-head competition at the UCA camp where Lago Vista beat Marble Falls. Both squads will compete in the Class 4A Division II cheer competition in January.
“We’ve got our sights set on them,” the coach said.
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