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WF takes national title at UPA AmeriCup

The West Fargo varsity cheer team poses with its trophy after winning the national title at the UPA AmeriCup in Minneapolis in February.

They went to Minneapolis to compete, and came home as champions.

The West Fargo High School varsity cheer team took home the national title in the high school varsity non-tumbling division during the United Performing Association's AmeriCup Competition on Feb. 27, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

"I am very proud of the girls for their hard work and dedication to the team," West Fargo coach Jenni Stewart said. "Their hard work paid off."

West Fargo went on to participate in the Grand Champion round against all of the high school varsity division winners, and took second place overall, missing first by less than two points. 

During the small group stunt-off, West Fargo's Chelsea Hermanson, Cheyenne Rust, Alicia Bates, McKenzie Schiele, and Missy Harms placed fourth overall.

West Fargo's varsity team members include Bates, Gabbie Chase, Amber Cox, Harms, Hermanson, Taylor Hintgen, Tuyen Huynh, Danielle Kartes, Morgan Laite, Renae Lisk, Raeya Mickelson, Kayleigh Omang, Brenna Raab, Rust and Schiele.

Successful year

Stewart, who coaches West Fargo alongside Cassie Voltzke, is proud of both varsity and junior varsity cheer teams.

And for good reason.

"(They) had an awesome season," Stewart said.

The team started the year by earning the Mayor's Choice award at the West Fest parade in September. Then, both varsity and JV went on to win the NDCCA Fall State Championship in Class A.

"Our varsity stunt group placed fifth out of 14 team in the stunt-group category," Stewart said.

During the Mall of America competition, the varsity team took first place in its division, while JV placed third. Both teams, however, took first in the Valentine's Classic competition, while varsity also placed first in the grand champion round. The stunt-group took second in that division, as well.

With a successful season behind them, the West Fargo cheer teams might enjoy a breather. But there's no time: another season is right around the corner.

"Now, we are getting ready for tryouts," Stewart said.