Same venue, different season.
St. Francis Borgia Regional will host the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association St. Louis Regional Saturday.
The event used to be held during the summer with the state competition being held about this time of the year.
Instead, the state meet will be held Dec. 1-2 at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.
“The fall Saturday for regional has made a few things much easier,” Borgia Head Coach Sandi Gildehaus said. “We now don’t have to have hardcore practices all summer long. I felt like it gave us a better chance of being prepared for football game day — which I loved.”
Washington Head Coach Katelyn Huber agreed.
“I would agree that having more flexibility over the summer made for happy parents and cheerleaders who were able to take summer vacations and not have to worry about missing an entire week of cheer,” Huber said. “We also had a ton more time to focus on game day cheer, which was something we struggled with in the past.”
The St. Louis Regional will start with doors opening for the first session at 9 a.m. That session runs from 9-10:35 a.m. Awards will be at 11 a.m. No area schools are performing.
Doors open for the second session at 12:30 p.m. The first performance will be Chaffee in the 1A Small Division at 1:35 p.m.
Two area schools are competing in the second session. Union is in 3A Small and will compete at 3:30 p.m. Pacific is in the Super Large Division and is scheduled to perform at 3:40 p.m.
Union’s competition is Aurora, Fulton, Moberly, Monett, North County, Smithville and Ursuline Academy.
Pacific is in with Wentzville Liberty, which has the final performance of the first session at 3:45 p.m. Awards will start around 4 p.m.
The evening session starts with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
Mexico’s junior high team will be the first to perform at 6:35 p.m.
Two area schools are in the second session.
Washington performs at 7:55 p.m. in the 4A Small Division.
Washington is in with Farmington, Jackson, Poplar Bluff and Rockwood Summit.
Borgia competes at 8:30 p.m. and is in 3A Large with Mexico and Sikeston.
Sikeston has the final performance of the night at 8:35 p.m. Awards will follow at 9 p.m.
The full schedule can be found at https://www.missouricheercoaches.org/regional-schedules
With only two regionals being held around the state this year, there will be plenty to see.
“It’s going to be a long day of cheer at Borgia,” Gildehaus said.
“Overall I think it is a good move, it will just take some getting used to,” Huber said. “We’ve been practicing early in the morning or later in the evening in order to get gym space, so that hasn’t been too much of an adjustment for us, thankfully.”
Gildehaus said it’s been easier to get practice time with volleyball being the only other indoor sport for the fall season. That’s changed with the start of winter sports.
“Practice time in the gym is much easier to come by (in the fall),” Gildehaus said. “I am currently hauling cheer mats from Borgia to The Competitive Edge about every other day to have a place to practice as our gyms are taken over by basketball. The increase in teams is also making it a bit more difficult for my volunteers.”