Apache Cheerleaders are junior national champs


March 18, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SENIOR Competition Squad of the Andover Apache Cheerleading Team has a lot to cheer about. Its members - children in grades five to eight - returned from the recent Cheer Power National Championship in Galveston, Texas, as Junior Recreational National Champions.

They brought home the National First Place Award trophy and a second trophy for the team that traveled farthest to take part in the event. In addition, the team was awarded a plaque for the "Nation's Best Choreography," for a routine that was scored against all teams in attendance - both recreational and high school levels.

The trophies and plaque are on display in the field house off Andover Road. Each girl also received a gift of a suede jacket with the insignia, "American Cheer Power National Champion."

Lois Morman, mother of a member, said 59 people flew to Texas for the competition last month. The entire squad of 19 girls made the four-day trip, accompanied by their coaches and family members.

It was an exciting time, starting with a cheery departure from BWI Airport.

"There was a gentleman from the airline who helped our group with reservations. When he heard the girls were cheerleaders going to a competition he made them do a cheer before boarding the plane," Morman said.

Two days were spent in competition. Judges added scores from both days to determine the winner. Morman said this was the first year the girls participated in the national championship.

The victorious team included fifth-graders Erin Weber, Christina Szyperski and Ashlie Kelly; sixth-graders Kasey Connelly, Erin Morman and Amanda King; seventh-graders Libby Perry, Lacey Hemmings and Danielle Miller; eighth-graders Randi Clary, Jessica Lattanzia, Rebecca Willey, Jami King, Alyssa Nolan, Jenna Haney, Stephanie Davis, Jen Ruth and Rachel Divver; and ninth-grader Amanda Green.

They were accompanied by coaches Ann Lehrmann, Kate Richardson, Jen Sparkman, Khalia Kirby, Amanda Miller and Gerry Richardson.

The Andover Apache Competition Squad has both junior and senior groups. Based in Linthicum, it was founded 10 years ago to give the youth of the area exposure to cheerleading competitions. It has competed in county, state, regional, and international competitions in Myrtle Beach, S.C., before making the first foray in national competition on the Texas trip.

The team also participates in community events and parades, and its cheerleaders are also involved in Girl Scouts, band, gymnastics, and other area youth groups and programs.

The Andover Apache squad's fund raising to support its trips includes bake sales and other events. Members are hoping to raise $15,000 for their next trip to the Myrtle Beach competition - leaving on Friday and returning March 26.

Information or to make a donation: 410-799-8569.

Church Habitat benefit

Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, is holding a benefit concert to raise funds for its commitment to Habitat for Humanity.

The Classic Brass Quintette will perform with varied styles of music at 4 p.m. March 25 in the sanctuary of the church at 200 School Lane, off Route 170. The group of Baltimore-area musicians performs chamber music from the Renaissance through the contemporary period at church services and private and civic celebrations.

Its musicians are donating their time and talents. There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will benefit Arundel Habitat for Humanity's housing ministry.

An ice-cream social presented by the church's junior high youth group will follow the concert.

Information on the event: Bob Abel at 410-859-8736 or the church office, 410-859-0990.

Here's the beef

Larry Nowell, member of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, is again preparing his special marinated beef for the church's annual roast-beef dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the church hall.

Nowell is a member of the United Methodist Men, who are playing host to the dinner. He has overseen preparation of the meal since the men started sponsoring the dinner six years ago.

"Larry uses a special sauce and marinates the beef for hours, and it is always very tender and flavorful. He also flavors the vegetables so well," said Marge Holmes, publicity chairwoman.

The dinner includes a large variety of homemade desserts provided by the women of the church.

The cost is $10; and $3 for children age 12 and younger. Carryouts will be available.

Proceeds benefit missions and church projects.

Tickets or information: 410-859-5939 or Rob Beck at 410-768-2266.

Basket bingo

The Home-School Association of St. Philip Neri School will hold a basket bingo Saturday in the school hall, 6401 S. Orchard Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with bingo beginning at 7 p.m. There will be 20 games, two specials and two raffles, and food will be available. Admission is $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

Tickets or information: the school office at 410-859-1212.

Historical society dinner

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will hold its annual dinner March 30 at Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena. The dinner is open to the public. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7 p.m.

Theodore E. Mathison, president of the society, will give an update on activities of the past year and plans for the coming year.

Entertainment will be a musical production, "Phrases of the Moon," led by pianist Otis Stroup and friends. Stroup said every song has "moon" in the title or prominently in the lyrics. His wife, Karen Stroup, is a vocalist and will also play the flute.

Other members of the group include vocalist Neil Shovlin and Max Geller on clarinet.

Cost of the dinner is $30, with open seating. Entree choices are filet mignon, crab cakes, or a combination. Reservations can be made through Friday.

Information: Cordelah Swanson at 410-859-0593 or Carol Riley, 410-850-4422.

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