The Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association St. Louis Regional competition is moving this year.
But it’s not going far.
The event stays in Washington once again, moving from Blue Jay Gym on the campus of Washington High School to Borgia’s Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium. It will run Wednesday in two sessions.
Borgia Head Coach Sandi Gildehaus said the event has been held in Washington for the past nine years, both at Borgia and Washington High School.
She said this year’s event is going to have tough competition with the Southeast Region added again this season.
“The event is sure to be packed again this year since the Southeast Region has once again been moved to us due to lack of team registrations in that area,” said Gildehaus.
Gildehaus indicated that there really is no home advantage since she also has to oversee a lot of the administrative tasks for the competition as well.
“We are really fortunate to have the competition in our hometown,” Washington Head Coach Katelyn Huber said. “We are able to spend the day together as a team mentally and physically preparing for the competition. It makes it much easier for our family and friends to attend as well. We don’t hate not having to ride a school bus, either.”
Doors open for the first session at 11 a.m. Fans will be admitted to the second session at 4 p.m.
Each session has a break with awards presentations.
A number of area schools are competing. Below are the area teams, divisions and competition times:
• Union competes in the Class 3A Small Division at 12:50 p.m.;
• Washington competes in the Class 4A Small Division at 1:40 p.m.;
• Borgia competes in the JV Small Division at 2:05 p.m.;
• Pacific competes in the Super Large Division at 5:15 p.m.;
• Borgia competes in the Class 3A Large Division at 6:55 p.m.;
• Pacific competes in the JV Large Division at 7:15 p.m.; and
• Washington competes in the JV Large Division at 7:20 p.m., right after Pacific.
Gildehaus said Borgia, the defending state champion, has been working around other events to try and make a winning routine.
“The girls have been battling tons this summer,” Gildehaus said. “With summer vacations-other team camps, we are hopeful we can pull off a clean difficult routine that keeps us at the same skill level as past years. The team is very talented and works incredibly hard and is motivated to do well! We always strive for a clean performance at the regional.”
Huber said this is a massive competition for her team.
“These girls work tirelessly all summer long preparing for the regional,” Huber said. “Practicing five days a week on your summer ‘break’ isn’t easy, but they have really given it 200 percent all summer long. We’re very excited to represent our school and hometown. We always have tough competition with Rockwood Summit, in fact they beat us out for first last year. We’re hoping to take our regional title back this go-around, so there’s a lot on the line.”
The first competition is the Small Coed Division starting at 12:05 p.m. Teams compete every five minutes starting with Perryville. Following are Saxony Lutheran, Parkway South, Francis Howell Central, Timberland, Marquette and Winfield.
The Class 2A Small is next with St. Pius (Festus) starting at 12:40 p.m. Thomas W. Kelly (Benton) will be next.
Union is the first Class 3A Small performer and competes at 12:50 p.m. Incarnate Word Academy and Sikeston are next.
The first awards break is at 1:15 p.m. and competition resumes at 1:30 p.m. with the Class 4A Small schools taking the floor. Farmington is first and will be followed by Rockwood Summit and Washington.
Pattonville is the lone Class 5A Small team and it performs at 1:45 p.m.
The JV Small starts with Francis Howell at 1:50 p.m. Following are Francis Howell Central, Rockwood Summit, Borgia and Pattonville.
The Junior High Division ends the opening session. Poplar Bluff performs at 2:15 p.m. with Sikeston following. The second set of awards will be presented after that.
The next session begins with doors opening at 4 p.m. The Super Large Division starts that session with Holt leading off at 5:05 p.m.
Others in the division are St. Dominic, Pacific and Wentzville Liberty.
The Class 1A Small is next with East Carter scheduled for a 5:25 p.m. start. Charleston and St. Vincent (Perryville) are the next performers.
The Class 2A Large competition starts at 5:40 p.m. with O’Fallon Christian. New Madrid County Central and Herculaneum also are performing.
Poplar Bluff is the only Class 4A Large team and it performs at 5:55 p.m.
The awards break starts at 6:10 p.m. and competition resumes at 6:30 p.m. with the Class 5A Large Division. Troy, Eureka, Northwest, Francis Howell and Francis Howell North are listed to perform.
Borgia is the only Class 3A Large Division team and it will perform at 6:55 p.m.
The JV Large Division concludes the event starting at 7 p.m. Parkway South is first and will be followed in five-minute intervals by Marquette, Eureka, Pacific, Washington and Timberland.
Qualifiers will advance to the state competition to be held in Columbia at the Hearnes Center Oct. 28-29.
Huber said teams will be trying some different routines to secure the top trophies.
“We did things a little different this year as far as choreography goes,” Huber said. “Typically, we’ve always hired someone to choreograph our routine, but did the majority of it on our own this year. We had Kelly Daugherty (a Washington local) choreograph our dance, and the team and I choreographed the rest of the routine and cheer. This really helped to instill a sense of ownership. I think the girls are proud of the routine we designed. We’re eager to show everyone.”