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The Irish Stutters, 2017 State Champions. Rront row, from left: Riley Nitsch, Rebecca Pasquinelly, Allison Montgomery and Jordan Childears; Second row: Ellie Granger and Abigail Castillo, back row: Kaleigh Kummer, Graci Castillo, Tia Hanna, Makenzie Davies and Elizabeth Calhoun
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Hershey Dazzlers

The St. Pat’s Strutters dance team won the Class C-2 pom-pom competition for the second year in a row Saturday at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships.

Coached by Rachelle Allbery-McQuade, the Lady Irish Strutters outscored six other teams to capture top honors at the Heartland Event Center at Grand Island.

In addition, the squad brought home the runner-up plaque in the high-kick division.

The Irish cheerleaders, coached by Lisa Troshynski, finished fourth in non-tumbling.


Two other Lincoln County schools competed.

On Friday, North Platte High School’s cheer team, coached by Amy Smith, competed against 14 teams in the Class A non-tumbling divison.

And, the North Platte Pacers dance team battled 12 schools in jazz and pom.

Neither team placed in the competition.


The Hershey’s Dazzlers faced 17 schools Saturday in class C-1 pom and jazz. The Hershey coaches are Deidra Younghans, Carly Arnett and Mindy Ebmeier. The Dazzlers did not place.

According to their mission statement, the primary goal of the championship is to offer a unique, positive and competitive championship to the athletes.

Their secondary goal is to raise funds for the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. Eighty percent of the registration fees, gate and apparel sales are donated to that project. To date, the organization has completed a new 7,000 square foot interactive facility in Lincoln to hone the past while inspiring the future.

More than 2,000 students from Class A, B, C-1, C-2 and D Nebraska schools competed in the 10th annual two-day event.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/19/2017
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