The Daily Express

Owens Hosts Cheerleading Clinic for Elementary & Junior High Students

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Area elementary and junior high school (K-6th grade) students are invited to a one-day cheer clinic Saturday, December 15 at Owens Community College. This event is sponsored by the Owens Express cheerleading and dance team.

The clinic begins at 9 a.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road. Each participant will be taught a cheer, chant and cheer dance by the Owens cheerleaders. The clinic participants then will perform their new cheers at halftime of the men's basketball game, beginning at either 1 or 3 p.m. They will be dismissed after the halftime performance.

The clinic is being held in conjunction with the men's basketball Express Holiday Tournament, December 14 & 15 at Owens Community College.

The cost of the clinic is just $10 per student. Concessions will be available at the clinic. Lunch will be provided for participants at an additional cost of $1.50.

Led by first year head coach, Tracy Lynne Reitz of Toledo, the Owens Express cheerleaders and dance team is a cheer/dance mounting squad, which performs halftime routines and sideline chants and cheers during the men's basketball games.

"This is the first year Owens has had a mounting cheerleading squad," Reitz said. "I am very proud of the success our cheerleading and dance team is having."

Reitz has served as a cheerleading coach for the past five years at Lake Junior, Bowling Green and Eastwood high schools. She also is the owner of the all-star squad Great Lakes Cheer Academy. Her squads capture a lot of excitement and have won various awards in all competitions. Coach Reitz has worked with the National Cheerleading Association organizing cheer clinics in Northwest Ohio and is a former high school cheerleader.

Owens cheerleading and dance team members include:

Kristi Beach of Millbury (Lake High School graduate)
Angela Lawrence of Toledo (Waite High School graduate)
Nichole Niekarz of Sylvania (Northview High School graduate)
Kelly Santus of Luckey (Eastwood High School graduate)
Tara Baldwin of Toledo (Whitmer High School graduate)
Ashley Rohloff of Genoa (Genoa High School graduate)
Evelyn Allison of Toledo (Rogers High School graduate)
Katie Ramirez of Luckey (Eastwood High School graduate)
Stacie Kreager of Genoa (Genoa High School graduate)
Stacie Gilmore of Rossford (Rossford High School graduate)
Michelle Graham of Toledo (Whitmer High School graduate)
Amy Santus of Luckey (Eastwood High School graduate)
Kristin Byer of Sylvania (Southview High School graduate)
Lori Huskey of Rossford (Mt. Vernon Township High School graduate)
Lisa Lento of Oregon (Cardinal Stritch High School graduate)
Missy Steinke of Edon (Edon High School graduate)
Disa Vargas of Toledo (Start High School graduate)

For additional information about the cheer clinic or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7935 or (567) 661-7935.


For More Information Contact....
Brad Meyer
Public Relations Specialist
(567) 661-7421

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