The Garden City Community College Cheer and Dance team recently returned from the Region VI Cheer and Dance Championships hosted by Hutchinson Community College where they won second place in the Game Day (restricted skills) division.
The competition was the first Region VI Cheer and Dance Championship ever held. In the fall, Kansas Junior Community College Conference coaches met and discussed ways to get cheerleading recognized as a sport in the conference. One of the first proposals was to initiate an annual competition between all schools in the region. Hutchinson CC volunteered to host the first event. Only KJCCC schools were invited to participate and included GCCC, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Barton County, Pratt, Johnson County, Allen County, and Butler. There were several divisions of competition including Game Day, Full Routine, Team Dance, Team Hip-hop, Solos, and Stunt.
GCCC competed in Game Day, Stunt, and one dance solo.
“Although the dance solo and the stunt group did not place,” said Tegan Matthews, GCCC Head Cheer/Dance Coach, “it speaks volumes about the athletes and their love for the sport to simply try.”
GCCC has never competed in Cheer and Dance and were thankful for the opportunity to start with a small event. The teams’ highest scores were in the ‘Crowd Engagement’ section of the score sheet and they received many compliments on hitting clean, solid stunts. Said Matthews, “Our team will tell you one of the things I’m a stickler about is never dropping a stunt in front of a crowd, so it’s great that our hard work in achieving that all year paid off at competition.”
GCCC is planning to attend next year’s competition, location to be determined, and hope to compete in both the Game Day and Full Routine divisions.