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Cheer coach Amber Hollis poses with the COA national championship trophy and banner and displays the cake made for the reception held in honor of the win. Trey Scales Photo

**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Cheer Team Brings Home Trophy
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-09-2007
by Laura Hays

Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Cheer Team brought home a national championship trophy this past week from the Cheerleaders of America (COA) competition in Las Vegas, Nev. Challenged by specialized stunt squads from schools such as Townsend University and Concordia College, OPSU’s hours of practice plus their unmatched energy and flexibility paid off in the Thomas and Mack Center last Sunday night.

Two days before the competition, one of the team members, Ricky Connor, slipped on ice after attending the Miss OPSU Pageant. His finger was so severely broken that he was unable to cheer. Never ones to quit, the team adjusted their routine on top of the parking garage at Circus Circus to modify it for one less male. In fact, the squad did not perform the act to their mix of rock and roll music until they performed in front of the judges!

Right after their performance, some of the OPSU participants noticed smoke coming from one of the speakers on stage. They told one of the security guards backstage, and by then, the electrical wires had started sparking. Rather than standing around waiting to see what would happen, the team mates worked together to unhook the speakers and Kyle Fesmire, one of the OPSU sponsors, averted disaster by finding a fire extinguisher and putting out the fire. The team once again proved their adaptability and willingness to confront difficulty.

Tod Price, one of the team members, said, “I have been to four national championship competitions, and this one by far was the most exhilarating. Winning was a dream come true.”

Congratulations to the members of the 2007 COA Division II Cheer Team members including Coach Amber Hollis; Nick Nairn; Josh Setzer; Shannon Smith; Shayla Koehn; Jessica Walton; Amanda Zink; Stephanie Schoenrock; Alisha Janelli; Kate Sheperd; Nicole Dyson; Ricky Connor; and Tod Price.

From left, Cheer Team members Josh Setzer, Shannon Smith, Jessica Walton, Amanda Zink, Nicole Dyson, Kate Shepherd, Stephanie Schoenrock, Alicia Janelli, Shayla Koehn, and Coach Amber Hollis. In back from left, Nick Nairn and Tod Pride. - Trey Scales Photo

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