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The Spring Grove Rocket competitive cheerleading team, a novice squad competing in its first national competition, was able to secure a 10th-place finish in the medium varsity division at the United Cheerleading Association’s National Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.

The event was held Feb. 6-7 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The national competition was an invitation-only tournament where teams needed to qualify. They could do so by achieving certain levels of proficiency, demonstrated by competing and placing high enough in a required number of UCA competitions during the season.

The team’s effort in Orlando caps an impressive season that saw them capture the York-Adams small division championship, a District 3 small division title and a berth in the PIAA championships.

Coached by Janelle Newark, team members include: Emily Crites, Katie Eichelberger, Belle Hippensteel, Ashley Wright, Hannah Wehler, Kate Bankert, Bri Snyder, Kayla Bennett, Kylee Frate, Keena Singletary, Jessica Meyering, Hallie Walker, Molly Roberts, Sarah Staley, Lauren Rothrock, Kirstyn Taylo and Hope Zinneman.

Many of the members of the competitive squad also do team cheering for sports such as football and basketball.

Also representing York-Adams schools were teams from New Oxford and Red Lion.

After winning the medium co-ed varsity division a year ago at the same event, the Colonials earned a fourth-place finish in that division this time around.

Red Lion reached the semifinal round of the same division, but saw its run come to an end there. It was not one of the 11 teams to qualify for the final round.

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