Millers Cheer Team Wins Second Straight State Championship
Writer / Matt Keating
Photography Provided by Millers Cheerleading
For the second year in a row, the Noblesville Millers Varsity Cheerleaders won the Division A State Championship. The team took home the championship Nov. 4 at the Indiana High School Cheerleading Championship in New Castle.
“We didn’t want to go into the season focused on a repeat,” says coach Crystal Scott. “We wanted to go into the season improving our skills and difficulty level from last year’s winning performance. We had high hopes that by focusing on that, then the results would allow for a great outcome.
“The girls were more excited with the win this year because the talent in our division was even better than last year. Winning the title this year solidified that Noblesville Cheerleading’s program is a solid and talented program. They were over the moon thrilled that their many hours of practice had paid off when it counted the most.”
The Millers successfully defeated eight other programs in Division A, and it was something they had to accomplish quickly.
“Competitive cheer has a unique pressure on the athletes in that you only have two minutes and 30 seconds to highlight your abilities,” Scott says. “In football and basketball, you have an entire game to show your skills. To see all the talent that we were up against and know your team did not cave to the pressure but went out and did what you as a coach asked them to do, fills a coach’s heart with pride.”
Scott became the head coach four years ago.
“It was an overwhelming feeling when we won again to know that the assistant coach, Andrew Masten, and I had raised the standard of NHS cheer to such a great level in a short amount of time,” she says. “The girls have the talent, and the parents are very supportive of our girls and the coaching staff. I was just so proud for the city of Noblesville at that moment. I was so happy for all of the fans that drove to New Castle that day to support us. I felt that we solidified being a solid cheer program.”
The team also won Grand Champs at the Purdue, “Get on the Track” competition. Scott says the team competed in more of these local competitions to better prepare them for the state championship.
“We spent a lot of time reviewing video, doing team bonding activities, reviewing score sheets and seeing what comments the judges gave us,” Scott says. “The team really stayed focused on improving each performance.”