Tuesday, March 30, 1999

Cheerleaders win national title

Hamilton squad at Disney World

Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — Keri Lauer will never forget the song “Atomic Dog.”

        It was the first of five songs in a two minute, 30-second routine that earned the Hamilton High Lady Bulldogs a first-place medal in the Americheer National Cheerleading Competition over the weekend at Disney World.

        It was the second time the Lauer family celebrated a national championship. Keri's older sister, Kim, was on Hamilton High's 1995 squad, which brought home the school's first championship title at the national competition.

        “She was in the crowd. She was as excited as we were,” said Keri, 16, one of two squad captains.

        “It was so awesome,” added captain Heather Dennett, who choreographed the routine with Keri. “When we won, we felt relief and excitement, and I think we all went a little crazy.”

        The win marked the fourth time a squad from Hamilton High has won the national title in their division — varsity, non-mount — since 1995. Last year, the girls came in second.

        “Our goal all year was to come in first,” said sophomore Mollie Wolf.

        For the past month, the girls have been practicing two hours a day, five days a week in addition to cheering at basketball games and going to competitions. Their routine has changed more than a dozen times during the season in an effort to perfect it.

        “I cried,” said Brenda LaBosse, a Fillmore Elementary School teacher who coaches the squad with her sister, Missy Harvey, a teacher at George Washington Junior High. “It's awesome. We have an incredible amount of talent in this area.”

        Mollie said her goal now is to win two more medals and jackets at Disney World before she graduates.

        “I can't think of a squad that deserves it more,” Ms. Harvey said.


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