2020 Central Region 5A Champions, Wasatch High School Cheer team, competed in the Utah State Cheer Competition on Saturday at Salt Lake Community College where they competed in three categories, Pom Routine, Fight Song, and Sideline/Timeout Cheer and won state titles in all three. Senior McKinley Wood, Team Captain, competed in the 5A jump off competition, where she dazzled the judges and crowd with her amazing jumps, contagious personality and sportsmanship and was chosen as the 5A Jump Off Cheer Champion. Senior, Kristen Besendorfer, not only proved that she is beautiful and athletic, but she has the brains to go with it. Kristen was selected to the Academic All-State Cheer Team with a 3.982 cumulative grade point average. As a team, Wasatch High School Cheerleaders have a cumulative GPA of 3.673. These girls have a rigorous schedule, at times cheering 4 nights a week and are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA each term.
Head Coach, Trisha Cheal had this to say about her team. “Some of the most rewarding things that I get to observe in my job are the ways in which these girls reach out to others to help and lift those around them. Success comes in many shapes and forms and I get to see it happen with every girl on many different levels. I am blessed to get to work with such talented, hard working, dedicated, disciplined, smart, beautiful kind girls. It takes a village to create what we have done this past weekend. It takes everyone doing their part.”
Coach Cheal has coached the WHS cheerleaders for eight years and has won 10 state titles. Wasatch High School cheerleaders are so lucky to have this amazing lady as their coach. She not only teaches these kids amazing skills as cheerleaders and athletes, but lifelong skills that they can take with them once they leave Wasatch High School. Coach Cheal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah and has taught ballet, tap, jazz & hip hop for 31 years. We are incredibly lucky and blessed of have Trisha as our coach.
WHS Cheerleaders, Seniors: Kristen Besendorfer, Maggee Edwards, Kayla Gabrielson, Sara Hall, Ellie Williams, McKynlee Wood
Juniors: Kesli Bassett, Aubrey Gagon, Denise Lopez, Addison McGlothlin
Sophomores: Alison Besendorfer, Eva Kent, Brinley Lent, Ginger Needham, Wittley Mair, Summer Ralph, Nicola Rino
Freshman: Kenzie Adair, Laynee Bonner, Reagan Brown, Asha Chappell, Ella Cowell, Maddie Dahl, Lucy Edwards, Parker Hansen, Elisabeth Hunsaker, Jenna Job, McKylee Mainord, Jensen Pitts, Emma Scobee, Tiffin Webster
Coaches: Head Coach, Trisha Cheal
Assistant Coaches: Andrea Fritzsche, Chellcee Jones, Alison Russell, Karri Oldham
Team Manager: Jaxon Larson