The Dodge City Community College Conquistador cheer squad left their mark at their first year attending the Region VI Championship at Hutchinson Community College on March 7, being named Grand Champions of the Event.
The Conquistadors brought home three championship wins in total.
The Conquistador’s biggest win was the small co-ed division championship which was the largest division according to entries at the event.
The division included teams from Coffeyville, Independence, Neosho County, Pratt, Allen, and Cloud County.
Their score in this division was the highest score of the entire competition giving them the Grand Champion Title.
“I am really proud of what Coach Brewster has done with our cheer program already. I think there is only going to be room for growth and bigger things for them in the future,” said Conquistador Athletic Director Jake Ripple. “They have already brought great atmosphere and entertainment to our home athletic events, now they are adding a high level of competitiveness on the mat. These young men and women are also great representatives of our college and athletic department.”
The small co-ed stunt championship was won by Thomie Griffin, Ryleigh Bates, Alexa Ortiz and Ashlyn Beard.
DC3’s final championship of the day was brought home by Keegan Jones and Cassy Brooks in the partner stunt division, where they completed a clean sweep for every event that the Conquistadors entered.
Jones and Brooks were also Head Coach Michael Brewster’s first group to submit an entry for the NCA Partner Stunt competition in his coaching career.
“It was a great day for the Conqs bringing home not only our 1st Region VI Team Championships title, but also two stunt championship titles, as well. This group of student-athletes committed to DC3 Cheer with the goal of making school history and last night that history was made,” said Brewster following the competition. “The team performance was the highest scoring cheer performance of the entire competition, earning us the title of Grand Champions. I could not be more proud of the hard work they put into this routine and program and I am beyond excited for what the future holds.
“Ryleigh, Alexa, Ashlyn, and Thomie hit a solid routine for their small coed stunt championship title. Cassy and Keegan also hit a solid routine and had the highest scoring stunt routine of the competition.”
Brewster hopes to continue to build on the success of his first year with the DC3 cheer program moving forward.
He has won multiple NCA National Titles as the head cheer coach at Blinn College.
“Obviously, this was a great first step in our competitive program,” said Brewster. “Our goal here is to build a program at Dodge City that is as successful as other programs I have coached. This Region VI Championship was a great opportunity for our athletes to get on the floor in front of a crowd and prepare as we work toward the goal of a national championship.”
The Conquistador cheer team now turns its attention toward preparation for the NCA National Competition, where Brewster and the cheer squad hope to have success in bringing home a national championship.
They will travel to Daytona Beach during the second week in April, where they will see cheer programs from all levels and all over the nation.
The NCA Championships dates are April 7-11.