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Up North: Duluth East Cheer Preps for Nationals

WDIO Sports
Created: November 13, 2018 02:22 PM

The Duluth East cheerleading squad has been working their bows off.

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"I mean we're here every morning at 6:30 AM working really hard. Sometimes we'll put in five days a week and then cheer a game," said Duluth East senior Cassie Sepp.

The Greyhounds are loud and proud to say that for the first time in program history, their team is headed to the UCA National High school Cheerleading Championships set at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl.

"It's really cool. I mean I've been working three years for this and I never thought that I would get to go or get this opportunity," added Sepp.

Duluth East has qualified for the competition in years past, but had not been able to travel outside of Minnesota due to a school policy. As a former Gopher cheerleader and Duluth East alum, head coach Hannah Alstead has never competed on the national stage, but is looking forward to sharing this first time experience with her team.

"It's incredible to come back to the team that I got to captain and get to coach," said Alstead.

For the next few months leading up to the competition set for February 8-10, it's all about repetition for the Greyhounds - practicing their routine and potentially making a few minor tweaks.

"Try more difficult, advanced stunts, but right now we want to work on keeping it clean. That's the most important thing to us," said Alstead.

"The way we move, the way we look on the mat. I want everybody to look like they're having fun and not look like they're tired, which takes training," said Duluth East sophomore Dylan Lancrete on what he wants his team to improve on.

The team will also be fundraising for the competition to help accommodate with airfare, lodging, and registration costs; expenses coach Alstead believes her squad has more than deserved given this big opportunity.

"I want people to know about this team and to know that we're serious, said Lancrete. "We work hard and we are good."

"They came into tryouts, most of these new people and they've never done anything like this before," said Alstead about her team. "They blew us away. Their talent is incredible," she added.

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