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High School Competitive Spirit
Local squads give their
all at PIAA event

 By Garrett Derr, contributing writer

On paper, it may not have looked like a success.

Neither Halifax nor Upper Dauphin Area advanced past the preliminary round of last weekend’s 2015-16 PIAA Competitive Spirit Championship.

Looking beyond just the scores, however, the young ladies of both squads came off the competition mat believing they had given it their all. Moreover, the senior girls felt a sense of closure and the upperclassmen believe they have a strong foundation on which to build, going forward.

This year marked the first time that two squads represented the Sentinel-area at the competitive spirit event, which brought squads from across Pennsylvania to the Hershey-based Giant Center Jan. 29-30. 2016 marked the tournament’s fourth year.

Each squad was judged on a high-energy, 150-second routine that combined dance, gymnastics and cheers set to a musical soundtrack.

ABOVE LEFT: Putting out the cheer for Halifax are Tara Meko, Sarah Danner, Hannnah Manion, Alana Hayman and Andee Mendez.

ABOVE RIGHT: UDA makes their presence known on the mat Jan. 29. Additional coverage will be published in next week’s issue. (Sentinel photos by Todd Gearhart)


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