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Badger cheerleaders capture first state title

The Badger High School cheer team includes Allison Paleka, Autumn Krepelan, Callie Pavlicek, Caroline Gerken, Hailee Siegler, Kaz Frazier, Kiera Beak, Leah Foltman, Lizzie Paciga, Maddy Gerken, Melissa Grueter, Mimi Lantz, Olivia Asta, Taylor Gritzner, Tori Gallo and coach Liz Webster.

February 26, 2013 | 04:16 PM
On Saturday, February 23rd, the Badger varsity cheer team made history.

Competing at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Cheer Championship, the Badgers took home the Division 1 Medium state title, the school's first-ever state cheer championship.

Practices started in June, cheering at football games started in August, boys and girls basketball games began in November and competitions commenced in December. This includes two firsts for the program, conference and state titles.

"Our routine was very difficult this year," head coach Liz Webster said. "That included two tik-up stunt sequences, which means that the girls start in the stunt on one foot and hit the top on the other foot. This skill is very difficult, and these groups hit the stunts effortlessly and have received many compliments from other schools and coaches on their technique."

Webster said the girls then transitioned into an exciting tumble sequence, which included backhand springs, back tucks, a layout specialty pass and fulls.

"We had a great cheer that opened with five standing tucks and transitioned into some really great stunts," Webster said. "We then moved into our dance, a crowd favorite. Our girls always have such great facial expressions and energy in the dance, and that sets them apart from other teams. We then finished strong with our pyramid."

Along with taking home the state title, one of our girls received an All-State title. Kaz Frazier is a sophomore on the varsity team and choreographed a cheer and one-minute music section that included jumps, dance and tumbling.

"Kaz's energy and passion for cheer shined throughout her entire routine," Webster said. "Kaz competed against 41 other cheerleaders and of those 41, the top 20 were selected as All-State Athletes."

Kaz also received the Southern Lakes Conference title back in January.

Webster said her team is a family.

"This is my third year as head coach at Badger, and this year's team isn't just a team, these girls are family and best friends," she said. "We have for sure had our ups and down this season, but the girls have continued to shine. They have continued to support one another. These girls are such a joy to be around, and I feel so honored to be their coach. They will forever have a special place in my heart."


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