Tiger Rhythm Dance Team and Rock Springs Cheerleaders Ready For State

Tiger Rhythm Dance Team and Rock Springs Cheerleaders Ready For State

ROCK SPRINGS – From the start of football and through a long basketball season, two groups of student-athletes have worked day and night to entertain fans and cheer on the home team. All the work comes down to one day for these two groups to give it everything they have and show they are the best in the state.

The Rock Springs Tiger Rhythm Dance Team and Rock Springs Cheerleaders prepare to head to state competition on Tuesday with high hopes. Last season, the dance team just missed a state championship and have been focused all year for this year’s competition.

This year’s dance team includes Lexy Westwood, Kenzie Skiles, Breezy Mathis, Haley Sains, Daylin Cox, Rylie Rood Alyssa Bedard, Hadlee Levitt, Brooklynn Stauffer, Brianna Leibe, Abi Blesoe, Hannah Spicer Lexi Bedard, Amanda Verherdyt, Alexa Fuja, Megan Borders, Liz Peppard Bailey Cowan, Madeline Verherdyt, Maya Verherdyt, Chloe Davidson and Bryanna Carroll

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While they have their eye on the prize, the captains of the TRDT are ready to lead this family into battle. Kenzie Skiles said she looks forward to having all their hard work pay off at state while Bailey Cowan is hopeful they will come together when the time is right.

“Motivation to improve and to be united,” is what Cowan said the team is focused on.


All-State Tiger Rhythm Dancers Breezy Mathis and Haley Sains


The dance team had two girls named All-State this season. Haley Sains and Breezy Mathis earned top honors this year. Sophomore Breezy Mathis has been dancing since she was three-years-old and said receiving the award was special for her. Junior Haley Sains, who has been dancing since she was four-years-old, was also excited to receive the honor.

“It has always been a goal of mine,” the dancer said.

Coach Laura Doak said she is hoping for a “positive and amazing learning experience” at this year’s competition. Doak is also hopeful the girls remain humble but of course, they want a championship.


Members of the Rock Springs Cheer team include: Front Row L to R: Jesus Covarrubias, Cesar Avila, Harold Quinonez 2nd Row L to R: Reagan Hamilton, Dayna Folks, Destiny Swensen, Kaylin Nowland, Damaris Ruiz, Abbi Edwards, Karla Jurado 3rd Row L to R: Alexis Portillo, Kimberly Thompson, Kaitlynn Jensen, Shannon Kelsey, Aubree Pitt, Alison Wheeler, Mikaila O’Neil, Grace Banks Back Row L to R: Annaleise Malmgren, Favour Wanjoku, Patience Black, Alyssa Quigley, Payton Turnwall, Levina Bell, Emily Parnell, Kylie Smith (no longer on the team)


The Rock Springs Cheerleaders will also be chasing state gold this week. Team Captain Dayna Folk said the team is ready for state this season.

“I think that this season for cheer has been very successful considering we have gotten a new coach and have had many changes through out the year. My hopes for state is that we push ourselves to do our best and place higher than last year. Also since we’ve recently had some injuries and had to change our routine that we all stay healthy and without further injuries. Our coaches and team have worked hard and are very excited to perform!”

Coach Kimi Seymour is also excited.

“We are excited to perform,” Coach Seymour said. “We’ve had a lot of obstacles this season including members who have moved, deaths in families and injuries. We had to ask the State Athletic Commission to move from a “Stunt” routine to a “Non-Stunt” routine. Our goal is to perform to the best of our ability while representing RSHS well. We plan to make the most of the moment!”

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