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April 15, 2007

Less than a month after Rainbow Pot o' Gold won a national competition in Fairfax, Va., the Rainbow Xplosion Senior All Starz competitive cheer team from Waynesboro, Pa., came home with the gold.

The Xplosion attended The Grand National Championship by the Sea in Virginia Beach, Va., March 31-April 1 and put together two back-to-back nearly flawless performances to earn the national title.

"This has been a long, hard year for this team," said coach Barb Hafer. "In fact, this is only their second win of the season, but if you're going to win, this is the time and the place to do it. We've had to overcome a lot of adversity between our last national and this national - three girls had to leave the team and we replaced them with three other girls who had to come in and learn the routine in just a matter of weeks and only seven practices! This was well deserved.

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"All the coaches, parents, friends and family are very proud of what they accomplished at Nationals. Our last team national title was in 2001, so we have been waiting a long time for this!"

The Rainbow Xcel Junior All Starz placed third and the stunt group, Rainbow Pot o' Gold placed second. Rainbow has two remaining competitions, one on the beach in Wildwood, N.J., and they will finish their season at Six Flags Theme Park in Landover, Md.

Rainbow will begin its ninth season in June. There will be an informative meeting for the 2007-08 season on Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Rainbow Gymnastics & More Inc., 71 W. Main St., Waynesboro.

All are welcome to come. Call 717-762-0448 for further information.

The Rainbow Xplosion Senior All Starz cheerleading squad includes, on floor, from left: Tess Hafer, Pierce Thompson, Carolyn Smith, Alayna Miner and Bri Provezale; second row: Hannah Hafer, Lauren Hickey, Remy Lazar, Johnna Buksa, Kendra Martin, Caitlin Beck and Jenn Alleman; back row: Ashley Miller, Alyssa Rohrer, Amanda Albin, Kelsie Myers, Shannon Garland and Erin Buksa.

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