Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article listed Angie Rubel at the Fillies’ head coach. Rubel shares the coaching duties with Chrissy Deardorff.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association held the annual State Cheerleading Competition.
The Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies were just one of the 11 Class 3A cheerleading squads to compete in the cheer and dance division. The Fillies brought home their fourth-straight championship title.
The Fillies’ coach Angie Rubel recalled how exciting it is to watch her team at State.
“It feels amazing to watch my cheerleaders do their best and get acknowledged for their hard work,” said Rubel. “State Cheer is always an exciting and nerve-racking day. As a coach, I always hope that the girls perform their best and are proud of their performance no matter the results.”
Rubel also said hearing her team being called back to the mat during the awards ceremony “is exhilarating” and “never gets old.”
The Fillies put in a lot of work throughout the school year to stay competitive. According to Rubel, the team practices four days a week once school begins. She also said the team uses the judges’ comments to help improve their routines.
The coaching staff also makes sure to stay up to date on training by attending the ICCA Conference every year where they can share idea with other coaches.
This year, the Fillies’ competition squad had three seniors; Sarah Fangman, Amy Meyers and Carsyn Vance. The three have now been State Champions all four years of their high school careers.
“Their experience helps the entire team,” Rubel said while talking about the seniors, “they help those cheerleaders with less experience. We strive to be better every year, have sharper motions, better stunts and tumbling.”
The Fillies also brought a stunt group to the State Competition for the first time. The five-person group placed sixth.
The Fillies had a time-out team at State as well, which placed seventh in their division.
Like every team, the Fillies’ cheer squad had to push through some obstacles this season.
“We have had some obstacles to overcome this year with injuries, cheerleaders recovering from knee surgery,” Rubel said. “We have also had to make changes to help improve the routine. You really have to look at the big picture when creating choreography. We do not compete at any other competitions, we like to keep our focus on State Cheer.”
The Fillies’ competition season is now over for the year, but you can still catch the cheerleaders cheering on their fellow classmates this winter.
The Fillies’ season will restart in March with tryouts. They will then attend a camp in the summer and begin practicing weekly once school begins again in August.