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Catamount Cheerleaders Take First at NCA College Camp; Utz Named All-American

Aug. 22, 2006

Cullowhee, N.C. - Under the tutelage of third-year head coach - and Western Carolina alum - Kim Cherry, the WCU Catamount cheerleaders earned a first-place finish in their division and several superior ribbons at the annual National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) cheerleading camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C. back on August 18-20. Also, based upon their overall performance, the cheerleaders earned an automatic bid to the NCA National Cheerleading & Dance Competition to be held in April of 2007 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

For the second-consecutive season, fifth-year senior Callie Utz was named a NCA All-American cheerleader by the association. Utz (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale HS) perfectly executed a barrage of stunts, including a standing tuck, toe touch, running tumbling pass ending with a full, and a stretch double down. Receiving the honor from NCA is among the highest individual accomplishments an individual can earn as a college cheerleader.

In team competitions, Western's cheerleaders took first place in the "fight song" division, which includes a team routine containing many different skills that is learned and performed while at camp. Western edged out six teams in its division to secure first place.

Cherry will once again be assisted by fellow alumnus, Eddie Wells, who is also in his third season back in Cullowhee.

"Both Eddie and I are very excited about the start to our 2006-07 seasons," said Cherry. "The team came in several times over the summer to start preparations for our `game day' material and I am very proud of their commitment. Camp was a huge success with both team and individual accomplishments and honors. I am very proud of our program's continued growth over the past few years - these awards at camp are a reflection of the hard work these student-athletes have put in. We can not wait for kickoff in Cullowhee next Thursday."

The Catamount cheerleaders will perform at every Western Carolina home football game this fall, including the season-opener next Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:00 pm. They will also be roaming the baseline at both men's and women's basketball games through the winter.