Federal Way cheerleaders voted top team


Sports editor

The Federal Way cheerleaders had a pretty good reason to cheer. The Eagles were voted the top team at the National Cheerleaders Association camp held at Bellingham’s Western Washington University last week.

“This group is the most entertaining to watch because they just love being together and cheering,” said Federal Way coach Shay Short. “NCA is the most prestigious organization in cheerleading and their camps are difficult and require the best out of the squads.”

By winning the top team award at WWU, Federal Way qualifies to attend either the Hula Bowl in Hawaii or the Orange Bowl in Miami, where they will be featured in pregame and halftime performances. It also allows for any member of the Eagle team to attend the National Best Cheerleader Scholarship competition in Dallas, according to Short.

“The cheerleaders worked hard and gave their best effort to beat several teams for this award,” Short said. “It makes my life as a coach so easy when you have such amazing young women to work with. I could not be happier with how they did at camp and who they are as people.”

The team consists of captains Alicia Steger and Lydia Treen, returners Lyneeka Collins, Cassie Lindeman, Jenna Servis and Shanyn Ihrke, newcomers Sydney Holt, Reyna Ihrke, Tammy Chi, Jaclyn Buchanan, Carly Byrne, Sara Holmes, Jessica Holton, Whitney Goff, Christina Wong, Erin Fitzpatrick, Keyonna McCormick, Keelin Crews, Stacy Mayovsky, Alison Sanders, Ashley Redfearn, Krystal Edwards and Hannah Micheau. The all-girl Eagle team beat out several coed teams to win the award.

“I have always told the girls that they can do anything that the boys can do when it comes to throwing up stunts and cheering,” Short said. “Now they have a trophy to prove that.”

Short is assisted by Jackie Steger.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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