LINCOLN CITY — Two teams from the Lincoln City youth cheerleading team won first-place awards at the Viking Cheer Challenge at Forest Grove High School last week.
The girls — LC Mini Rec and LC Junior Rec Small — competed against teams from all over Oregon in individual performances, stunt-team performances, partial-team and full-team performances.
“You don’t need a trophy to be a winner. Winners are made because you leave everything you have on the mat, you give everything you have out there,” head coach and manager Tonia Anderson said. “We encourage good sportsmanship on the mat when announcements are made, and no sad or upset behaviors if our names are not called.”
The girls might only compete for minutes at a time, but the time it takes to practice the routines and learn each step takes time and patience.
But for Anderson, just seeing her girls out there do well is a sight that she enjoys.
“For two and a half minutes I hold my breath. When I see someone on the mat hit something that they have been working on so hard at practice I clench my fist and yell,” Anderson said. “It is such a proud coach moment. You see them and they make eye contact with you, they know that they just did something that means so much to them.”