Pom squad prepares for state competition

The Yukon varsity pom squad is taking their talents to state next Saturday to compete the 6A State Pom Competition at Oklahoma City University.

The YHS pom squad is scheduled to perform their routine between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the OCU gymnasium. They have been practicing their routine every day during the week from the end of the school day until at least 5 p.m. since September when they first learned the choreography they will perform next Saturday.

The pom squad will have a state competition preview at 6 p.m. Monday in Auxiliary Gymnasium at Yukon High School for family and friends to come watch what the girls will be doing next Saturday in front of the state judges.

Last season, the varsity pom squad finished in sixth-place and then traveled to Florida for the national competition in February and took seventh-place overall.

“The girls learned the routine back in September and since then they have been drilling it over and over and fixing it constantly to make sure it’s as good as it can be going into state,” Yukon pom sponsor Rebecka Reape said. “After state, we will take the same dance to nationals but we will change it again and some more critiques to it once the judges grade us at state.”

Yukon seniors Gabbi Meyer and Alyssa Odparlik talked about expectations going into the state competition.

“We feel pretty good about it (the routine) at this point,” Odparlik said. “We just have to take it to the next performance level and be the best we can possibly be at state. We need to have better execution.”

Meyer echoed Odparlik’s comments and added they need to really focus on execution throughout the whole dance.

“If we stay focused as a group and execute, we will do really well,” Meyer said. “We need to take what the judges say at state and really work on that before we go to nationals.

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