Time and effort have paid off in a big way for the cheerleaders of Camdenton.

The Lakers were in action at the MCDA & Joplin Sports Authority Spirit Ring Spectacular February 11 and 12 in Joplin where they faced over 35 different teams and the team won big winning their division, the award for best pyramid and the high-point championship as the finished both days with the top score.

“This was a huge win for us,” Camdenton coach Errin Gainey said. “The girls walked away with three banners, medals around their necks and that championship ring on their fingers and I could not be prouder of them.”

This was an event circled on the calendar for months in advance. According to Gainey, the team had been preparing for this competition since August spending countless hours perfecting their routine after school and Saturdays at the YMCA to be able to utilize the springboard floor. A fundraiser also took place during football season in order to pay for the team’s competition uniforms.

Gainey said there was no doubt how determined her cheerleaders were to walk away as champions and that she was especially proud to see their hard work pay off for the five seniors on this year’s team who have been competing for several years. Overall, it has been a fun journey neither Gainey or her girls will soon forget.

“Their reaction was highly-spirited for the division championship, but nothing compares to the high-point championship. They wanted those rings so badly and they went out on the mat and proved it,” she noted. “Being their coach through all of this has been amazing. To watch them get better and better every day has been awesome. I have coached most of these girls throughout high school and it will be really tough to let my seniors go, but they ended with a bang and I could not be prouder.”

The season has nearly come to an end, but Gainey said the confidence level is high and the returning girls are excited to see what next year will bring. Time will soon tell what next year has in store, but one constant that Gainey and her girls are always thankful to have is the support they receive.

“We could not have done this without the support of the school district, parents and our wonderful booster club. Thanks so much to each and everyone of them for everything they did for us,” Gainey said. “Congrats girls!”