The Marble Falls High School cheerleading squad finished 13th in the Class 5A Division II state spirit championships on Wednesday, Jan. 13, with performances that made coach Lauren Berkman “so proud.”
The division had a total of 48 squads competing.
The Marble Falls squad lost a member of its squad to injury the night before the meet while she was participating in another sport.
“All of our girls are very important,” Berkman said. “But one of our flyers broke her arm. So, we had to change our entire routine at 9:30 (the night of Jan. 12). We had to get up early (the morning of the meet) to make changes.”
A flyer is at the top of stunts such as pyramids and high-flying basket tosses.
“Losing a top girl is a huge blow,” Berkman said. “Chemistry — especially with stunt groups — is important. So, changing any person in a stunt group at the 11th hour is a struggle. To learn a new part in 12 hours is definitely a struggle. I don’t think it was a detriment. Everyone who learned a new part did an amazing job. They did what I asked them to do.”
Berkman noted the outstanding competition in Class 5A.
“I think the girls showed they were really good,” she said. “Every point you get is earned on the floor. The girls did a good job. They lifted up one another and (fought) for each other, and those are the biggest blessings of all. All those girls are amazing.”