FRCC Fierce cheer team performs

April 29, 2013

CASCADE — The newest competitive cheerleading program in the area brought home multiple awards during its first round of competitions recently.

Fort Ritchie Community Center added a cheerleading program last fall in response to community needs, and the program quickly grew to more than 60 participants in four age brackets.

The team name, FRCC Fierce, was suggested by coach Bethany Coyle and inspired by the Shakespearian quote “And though she is but little, she is fierce.”

At its first competition in February at Mount St. Mary’s University, the junior team, led by Randi Nash and Kathy Jo McKenzie, placed first. Coaches Shawna Keihl and Razell Byrne led the mini team to a second-place win at the same competition, with the tiny team, led by coaches Danielle and Dennis Ulrich, placing fourth.

At a national competition held at Hershey Park Arena on March 9, the FRCC Fierce youth team coached by Brittany Sprecher, Bethany Coyle and Holly Frazer, placed third.

A cheerleading minicamp will be held this summer, and dates for the 2013-14 cheerleading season will be announced soon.

There will be an informational meeting on May 29 at the center for the upcoming cheerleading season.

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Editor's note: This story was edited April 30, 2013, to correct the spelling of coach Shawna Keihl's name.

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