On paper, it
may not have looked like a success.
Halifax nor Upper Dauphin Area advanced past the preliminary
round of last weekend’s 2015-16 PIAA Competitive Spirit
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)