Gen­try, De­catur cheer teams fare well in Har-Ber com­pe­ti­tion

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECKELS meck­els@nwadg.com

SPRING­DALE — Some­times it is easy to for­get that cheer­lead­ing is more than just stand­ing on the side­lines mo­ti­vat­ing fans to get up and sup­port their fa­vorite teams; it is a com­pet­i­tive sport just like foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and soc­cer. The Gen­try Pi­o­neer and De­catur Bull­dog se­nior cheer squads, along with the Gen­try ju­nior high teams, trav­eled to Spring­dale Nov. 3 to com­pete in the Har-Ber High School In­vi­ta­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion.

Gen­try var­sity team com­peted in the 4A all­girls se­nior di­vi­sion, while the ju­nior high team com­peted in the all-girls di­vi­sion. De­catur com­peted in the 1-3A game-day di­vi­sion.

For the Gen­try se­nior team, a few mi­nor mis­takes did not hurt its over­all per­for­mance, and the girls brought home the first-place tro­phy. The ju­nior high team earned a sec­ond-place tro­phy in its di­vi­sion.

The De­catur Bull­dogs had a nearly flaw­less per­for­mance, earn­ing the cheer team the first-place tro­phy in the 1-3A di­vi­sion for the sec­ond straight year.

All three teams had their own cheer­lead­ers, with sup­port­ers from Gen­try and De­catur fill­ing the floor and chairs in front of the per­for­mance mats.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

The Pi­o­neer cheer team’s rou­tine at Har-Ber High School in Spring­dale Nov. 3 in­cluded this fi­nale.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Mem­bers of the De­catur Cheer team ex­e­cute their game­day rou­tine dur­ing the Har-Ber High School Cheer com­pe­ti­tion in Spring­dale Nov. 3.

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