The Sheboygan South Cheer and Stunt team competed at the United Performing Association (UPA) AmeriCup Cheer and Dance National competition that was held in Minneapolis, MN February 18-20. The Sheboygan South Cheer and Stunt team was awarded first place in the co-ed division; earning them the title of Co-Ed Cheer National Champions for the second year in a row.
The South team also qualified for the Grand Championship round, where the best of the best compete and brought home the title of Second Runner-Up Grand Champs (3rd place).
Nineteen high school teams competed in the UPA competition; seven of those teams made it into the Grand Championship round. Also present at the competition were several college teams and all-star teams of all ages. Even though South had the only co-ed cheer and stunt team, it earned the title of Co-ED Cheer National Champion because it scored an average of 65% or better to earn the title. The team's goal going into the national competition was to make it into the Grand Championship round.
When asked to comment on the season, Coach Ben Roelse said, "The team had an amazing year! They pulled through some hard times and ended with a state and national title to their name. I am extremely proud of them and the way that they accomplished their goals as a team!"
Erin Weimann, a member of the team for three years, stated, "I feel that we got a lot accomplished by achieving our main goal of getting first at state. We had a lot of set backs but pushed through them and stayed positive. I'd say the season was a success."
Michelle Beinemann, a member of the team for two years, added, "I feel that as a team we have overcome a lot. There were some hard times, but we managed to pull through and luckily won first at every competition. It's a year not anyone will forget."
South's Cheer and Stunt Team huddle around the championship trophy that reads 'Co-Ed Cheer National Champion.'
The title is the team's second year in a row.Members of the national championship team are:Front Row L-R: Michelle Beinemann, Alyssa Davis, Erin WeimannSecond Row L-R: Allie Wagner, Kathleen Roush, Amanda Zitzer, Randi WeberThird Row L-R: Kelly McCarthy, Linsey Buchberger, Amanda Chavez, Samantha Bowers, Kasie LehmannBack Row Bottom L-R: Dakota Allen, Lucas Renzelmann, Willie Illarramendi, Dakota Benirschke, Alex Gustafson, Joe Wilke, Aaron BrownBack Row Top L-R: Beka Dickie, Jessie Michaels, Sandra Reetz, Leah Glander, Taylor Stelter, Kayla Fischer, Trisha Balma