by Catherine Garrett
SALT LAKE CITY–The Bountiful High cheerleading squad placed first in four routines at the 5A state cheerleading competition Jan. 26 at Salt Lake Community College. The Braves came out on top in Song Pom, Timeout Dance, Timeout Cheer and Fight Song, while also placing third in Show Cheer.
“This team performed so well,” head coach Heather Larsen said. “They competed in five routines and almost every routine was perfect! They had no falls and no deductions.”
The only real flaw for Bountiful at state was a bow falling off one of the dancers during the timeout dance, which resulted in a minor penalty that had no bearings on the outcome. The week before state was busier than usual with athletic events, sophomore orientation and additional practices, and her girls worked particularly hard leading up to the competition. “It was crazy, but the girls were so determined to win,” Larsen said. The 2017-18 Bountiful team included seniors Olivia Frasier, Rylee Sainsbury, Ellie White and Mykol Wray; juniors Katie Adams, Lindsay Black, Marissa Brewster, Megan Hendrickson, Annie Numbers, Abby Orchard, Emma Thomas and Sheyenne Watkins; and sophomores Hannah Anderson, Tegan Felt, Victoria Feo, Whitney Hendricks, Kiley Johnson, Taylor Newton, Kirsten Nielsen, Katelyn Pattison, Morgan Tidwell, Laila Welch and Sydney Yannotti.