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Owens Hosts Cheerleading Competition For Youth and High School Students
More than 2,000 family and friends are expected to pack the SHAC to watch 30 cheerleading squads ranging from high school varsity to pee wee participate in the Owens Cheerleading Competition on Saturday, February 15 at Owens Community College. The event is sponsored by the Owens Express Cheerleading and Dance team.
The competition is from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.
"Cheerleading squads will have the opportunity to test their ability against some of the best teams in Northwest Ohio to see which schools have the most spirit, energy and enthusiasm incorporated into their routines," said Tracy Reitz, Owens Cheerleading and Dance team Head Coach.
Led by Reitz, the Owens Express Cheerleading and Dance team is a cheer/dance mounting squad, which performs halftime routines and sideline chants and cheers during the men's basketball games.
Cheerleading squad participants are between the ages of 5-8 or are enrolled in grades 9-12. Divisions for the competition will include Pee Wee, Junior Varsity Small, Junior Varsity Large, Varsity (mount), Varsity (non-mount), Individual and Partner Stunt Group, Recreational League Group, Pee Wee All-Star, Open All-Star, All-Star Small and All-Star Large. Among the local squads are Springfield High School, Rossford Junior High School, Libbey High School, Bowsher High School, Northwood High School, Clay High School, Sylvania Sparks, Fremont Stars and Lake Township Pee Wee.
Routines performed by each squad must be two minutes and 30 seconds in length with a maximum of one minute and 30 seconds for the music section. The routine must include one cheer and one chant. Spotters will be provided by the College. University of Toledo cheerleaders will judge all divisions with the top three teams in each division receiving awards.
Tickets for the competition, which is open to the general public, are $5 for adults and $2 for youth 12 and under.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.