GRAND ISLAND – Students from four Cass County schools will look to secure state championships next week at the premier cheer and dance meet of the year.

Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville and Weeping Water teenagers will all travel to Grand Island Feb. 16 for the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships. Action will take place at the Heartland Events Center throughout the morning and afternoon. Doors for the public will open at 8 a.m. and performances will begin at 9 a.m.

Conestoga teams will compete in four Class C-1 contests: hip hop, sideline, game day and pom. Louisville squads will participate in the Class C-1 events of non-tumbling, hip hop, game day and pom, and Weeping Water will take part in the Class C-2 sideline contest. Elmwood-Murdock will participate in the Class C-2/D non-tumbling event.

Cass County students have enjoyed recent success at the state meet. Weeping Water cheerleaders earned state championships in the Class C-2 Sideline Division in both 2015 and 2016. The Conestoga dance team finished second in the Class C-1 Hip Hop Division in 2017, and CHS cheerleaders placed third in both the Class C-1 Sideline Division and Game Day Division in 2016.

Louisville dance team members finished second in the Class C-1 Hip Hop Division in 2014, and Elmwood-Murdock cheerleaders captured third place in the Class C-2 Non-Tumbling Division in 2017. Weeping Water cheerleaders placed second and Elmwood-Murdock cheerleaders placed third in the Class C-2 Non-Tumbling Division in 2014.

The Nebraska Coaches Association sponsors the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships. This will be the 11th year the organization has held the state contest.

2018 Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships Schedule

Friday, Feb. 16

9 a.m. – Louisville – Non-Tumbling Class C-1

11:45 a.m. – Louisville – Hip Hop Class C-1

12:17 p.m. – Elmwood-Murdock – Non-Tumbling Class C-2/D

12:20 p.m. – Conestoga – Hip Hop Class C-1

1:35 p.m. – Conestoga – Sideline Class C-1

2:17 p.m. – Louisville – Game Day Class C-1

2:50 p.m. – Louisville – Pom Class C-1

3:29 p.m. – Conestoga – Game Day Class C-1

3:56 p.m. – Weeping Water – Sideline Class C-2

4:35 p.m. – Conestoga – Pom Class C-1

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