On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Red Raider cheer and dance teams competed at home against Mount Marty University and Morningside College in a rematch before preparing for the GPAC championships. The cheer tri-match opened the competition at 3:30 p.m. in the Rowenhorst Student Center, with the dance tri-match starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Bultman Center, both hosted in Orange city.
The Raider cheer team did an outstanding performance in their competition, earning first place over Morningside and Mount Marty. The Raiders are excited and proud of their performance. They received a score of 73.2 points and look forward to making new strides and to continue getting better as the season goes on. A first-place win at home was the perfect way to begin preparations for the GPAC championship competition coming up.
“The new skills we have been working on as well as the talent and will to work hard is how we did so well this week.” Cheer and dance coach Taylor Nygren said, “The hard work these student athletes are putting in have truly shown, and I am proud of them.”
The Raider dance team also did outstanding in their competition, placing second overall. When going into the season, the dance team was small but that didn’t stop them from continuing the path of hard work and perseverance. The Raider dance team worked hard to place second, scoring 70.75 points
“We were excited to show new skills we continue to work on.” Nygren said. “With a small group we still have so much talent, and it shows. I am excited as well continue to work towards the GPAC championships.”
The Raider’s dance and cheer team continues to prepare for the GPAC championship held in Crete, Nebraska on Feb. 27.