As of Wednesday, March 7, 2018
“It’s pretty exciting,” Grangeville senior cheerleader Meagan Hohman said. “It’s the first time we’re going to state — the first time we’ve made it this far, period. And it’s only our second year competing.”
The Grangeville squad qualified in three of four events held at the district competition last weekend in Rathdrum.
“Our first routine was our newest, we had just started it that week,” she said. “We did really good on that one, but we had been focusing so much on that the other two weren’t as good as they could have been. We tried our best and we did all we could, so it was good.”
The team practices two hours a day every day.
“It takes a lot of time,” she said, “and that’s going to be rewarded at state.”
This year marks Hohman’s third with the team, having joined with a friend. But this marks her first year competing — and a new height for the close-knit Bulldogs.
For Hohman — who described herself as “usually super shy” — being out in front of the crowd along with her teammates has become a joy.
“We’re all super-close now and for some reason I enjoy it,” she said. “I really like being out there.”
At the district competition, Grangeville matched up against Orofino and St. Maries. At state, 16 teams will compete and score points judged on factors such as synchronization, sharpness of motions, spacing, and the overall difficulty of the routine. Hohman credited her teammates — naming Cierra Mundel and Hunter Robinson — for elevating what the team as a whole can do.
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