The Dallastown High School Cheerleading Team is heading to Disney World.
The Wildcats have been selected to compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious spiritual competitions, the National High School Cheerleading Championship, which is produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. The event will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from February 11 through February 13.
Dallastown is coming off a program-high fourth place finish at the PIAA Class 3-A Small Varsity Competitive Spirit Championships. It was the best performance by a York-Adams team.
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“This team is special,” Dallastown head coach Erin Miller said in a news release. “Most people don’t understand what it takes to be a competitive cheerleader. We encourage sports teams throughout the year while preparing ourselves to compete. These athletes have worked hard to succeed by showing up for practices, attending clinics and camps, and taking initiatives to improve their skills.
“There was so much to take away from the team last year. We weren’t able to attend these Championships in 2021 due to COVID and that pushed them to work hard and be the best they can be this year. We’ve had some ups and downs this year, but the team persevered through it all and really bonded as a team.
A championship season: Dallastown had previously finished first at the York-Adams Championships and second at the District 3 Championships, in addition to its fourth-place finish at the state event. Additionally, the Wildcats finished 10th in the UCA regional competition, which qualified them for the NHSCC.
“We can’t wait to perform our routines for the last time this season in the most magical place on earth,” Miller said.
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The team broke Dallastown cheerleading records by heading straight to the preliminary round final at the PIAA meet with a score of 89.3833, the highest point total the team had ever received.
Susquehannock, New Oxford also goes to Disney World: In addition to Miller, the team is coached by Toni Lozzi and Stephanie Bilyeu. Dallastown will compete in NHSCC 2022 along with other area teams including New Oxford and Susquehannock of the York-Adams League, as well as Central Dauphin East, Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley.
Susquehannock is making its first trip to the event since 2003.
All teams invited to compete in the championship have qualified through a regional competition in 2021.
For more information about the NHSCC, visit Varsity.com. Varsity Spirit will broadcast the championship live on Varsity TV. The championship will air on ESPN2 and ESPNU beginning in the spring of 2022. Viewers can check their local listings for broadcast times.
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