Minatare Cheerleaders win State
     2013-02-28      By Elizabeth Gross    elizabethgross@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo: from left: Kirsten Carlson, Breanna Regester, Tristen Wecker, Coach Darla Novotny, Patty Cinocco, and Chyann Ross pose with their medals and trophy. The squad won in the Nebraska Cheer Championship in the non-tumbling/ non-building division. 
Being a cheerleader at Minatare High School is much more than getting the crowd to cheer on their team; it’s about being involved with their community in any way they can. What that means is the routine does not have any stunts such as cartwheels. Darla Novotny has been the cheer coach for the last two years.

She was previously the cheer coach at Lake Alice School. Novotny has continued the expectations and traditions of the Minatare Cheer squad. “I wanted them to know what it’s like to give back to the community,” said Novotny. The squad receives no additional funding from the school other than transportation to various games.

Anything the girls may need whether it is uniforms or trips to state must all be done via fundraising. Fundraising has been harder recently due to people not being able to give as much because of economic reasons. Despite, the people of Minatare support the girls in any way possible. “The community really stands behind the kids,” said Novotny.

This year at the Nebraska Cheer Championships the team won the non tumbling/ non building category. “They love state,” said Novotny, “that’s the end goal.” What that means is the routine does not have any stunts such as cartwheels. They also competed in the hip/hop dance category. Usually, members of the Minatare squad do not have much traditional dance experience so the hip/hop category is usually the best for them to compete in.

The competition at the Cheer Championships is usually matched up by the class that the school is in. Minatare is one of the only few class D schools to compete and the only school in Western Nebraska. All the girls’ hard work and dedication have paid off. “I’m extremely proud of my team this year,” said Novotny.

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