DRAPER — While cheerleading is not under the UHSAA umbrella, Utah school cheer squads support many UHSAA sports through the school year.
Many cheer teams in Utah have a competitive component to their programs, participating in regional and national competitions. Many Utah teams do well on the national level.
This year is the first year cheerleading has formed as an organized club sport. The first state competition will be held on Saturday at Juan Diego High School (11800 S. 200 East).
The competition will be produced by RC Competes and directed by Lori Rupp and Kellie Chamberlain, each who have served as competition directors for UHSAA in the sport of drill.
Teams had to qualify at a region competition held in February, and Utah coaches follow the National High School Sports Federation spirit safety rules.
The competition will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults; $5 for ages 5 years and younger. Backstage Dance and Cheer are sponsors of the Spirit Award, to be given to the school that has the most spectators attend the competition.
The competition has engaged the help of the University of Utah, Weber State and UVU cheer teams. These college cheer team members and coaches have lent their expertise in spotting, judging etc. and also performing exhibition routines.
Utah secondary cheer coaches participated in a statewide survey to develop this program and hopefully build on it for years to come.
• FREMONT 10, BONNEVILLE 2: At Plain City, the non-league game was moved to dry ground and the host Silver Wolves finished strong as the visitors.
Taylor Krandendonk tossed a four-hitter and Fremont scored nine runs in the final four innings to pull away.
Bryson Roundy went 3-for-3 from the plate for Fremont. Brody Rich, Hunter Okerlund and Preston Melle each added doubles.
Kacey Cundick had a pair of doubles for the Lakers. Pitcher Will Heward took the loss.
• OGDEN 13, NORTH SUMMIT 3: At Ogden, the Tigers opened the season with a vengeance, winning in five innings.
A.J. Anderson had two RBIs, including a doubles, while Brian Saunders cracked a home run for Ogden. Alex Halverson also had a double.
Cameron Mortensen picked up the win on the mound.
Gabe Smith and Ty Jones doubled for North Summite.
• VIEWMONT 2, NORTHRIDGE 1: At Centerville, the Knights led at halftime on Moab Schiers’s score, but the Vikings scored late to earn the early win.
Landon Hansen and and Dennis Vivar-Diaz scored for Viewmont.
• LONE PEAK 6, SYRACUSE 2: At Highland, Lone Peak scored three in each half to dominate the early-season battle.
David Adams had two goals for Lone Peak.
COACHES REMINDER: Varsity coaches are encouraged to repor the results of their games by calling 801-625-4261 or 801-625-4265.