The Muskie cheerleading squad is coming off an inspired performance at the Ontario Cheerleading Federation’s “North” regional showdowns in Thunder Bay on Sunday, but remain undecided about whether they want to commit to a run at the provincials.
“It’s undecided right now,” said head coach Borka Gauthier after her team earned a sixth-place finish among nine schools with their routine.
“If it’s realistic, we’ll look into some fundraising and sponsorship,” she added.
But that decision should be made soon as the provincials are set for April in Mississauga.
The Muskies on Sunday presented the same two-minute, 30-second routine they did the previous weekend at the NorWOSSA showcase here and scored a 262.5 total from the judges (based on artistic and technical presentation).
“Our dance and our cheer was much better this time,” said Gauthier. “A few stunts were a little wobbly but there was no perfect presentation among the schools.”
Thunder Bay schools took the top three spots. Port Arthur Collegiate Institute finished first with 328.8 points, followed by Churchill (327.8) and St. Ignatius (321).
Among the NorWOSSA teams, Beaver Brae (Kenora) was fourth and Dryden ninth. St. Patrick’s, Ecole Secondary (Timmins), and Westgate also competed at the C.J. Saunders Fieldhouse at Lakehead University.
Gauthier said for a team with 10 first-year cheerleaders, the size and scope of the event—which attracted more than 500 spectators—was something her team had to cope with.
“It was very overwhelming and exciting,” she recalled. “The hype was just immense.
“[But] it was a good atmosphere and experience for the new girls to see other, more experienced cheerleading groups,” she added. “That gave us a boost for our team to see where we’ll be in a few years.”
Gauthier added a good number of family and friends also were on hand to cheer the Muskies, something which seemed to boost the team’s spirits.