Competition Cheerleading Recap

Kahlil Kline, Staff Writer

Competition cheerleading has concluded for the 2022-2023 school year and the cheer squad again enjoyed success at various competitions. The team finished second in the YAIAA Small School classification tournament in December which qualified them for the state competition held in January at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. 

At the state tournament, the Panthers placed 11th in their respective classification missing advancing to the finals themselves by one place (top 10 advance). Injuries and other absences from the team made for a unique and difficult experience.

“We lost [during the season] probably four impactful athletes,” said senior Breanna Ruppert. “We could have made up for it, but [team members] had to switch positions from [competition to competition].”

The constant rotating of spots on the mat proved a challenge when competing against other schools.

“There was a lot of movement,” said sophomore Maya Hudson.

Despite the hardships the team experienced, both agreed that members of the team, “worked together to overcome those issues as they came up”. In addition to competing at the local and state levels, Central also competed at Dallastown, Cumberland Valley, the York Fair among others.