OVAC Cheerleading 2017

Magnolia Blue Eagles Head coach: Jacque Clegg

Magnolia head coach Jacque Clegg might be in her first year with the program but she is assisted by veteran Marcie Cline, who has been a proud Blue Eagle for 10 seasons now and together, the Magnolia cheer team is in good hands. Clegg has been coaching cheerleading for the last six years in ...

Bellaire Big Reds Head coach: Ann Arno

Two seasons ago, the Big Reds finished third in the OVAC Cheering Championships and last year, they earned runner-up honors in the 3-A division. Perhaps Bellaire will continue to improve its positioning at the end and rise to the No. 1 spot on Feb. 4. The Big Reds are led into competition ...

Shenandoah Zeps Head coach: April Giesey

Not only will the Shenandoah Zeps be taking part in the OVAC Cheering Championship at WesBanco Arena on Feb. 4, but they will also be making the trip to the International Competition at Disney in March, after winning a bid. With such an important trip ahead for the Zeps, that changes their ...

Linsly Cadets Head coach: Kylie Harris

Linsly has won three consecutive OVAC titles and are looking for a fourth with new head coach Kylie Harris at the Helm. In her first year taking over a program that is on a very successful run, there must be some pressure that comes with the job. “There is always pressure,” Harris said. ...

Crestview Rebels Head coach: Amie Cope

Welcome to the OVAC Crestview High School! The Rebels of Crestview joined the OVAC in December and were invited to take part in the competition and are now embarking on their first ever cheering competition in school history. “We are excited to take part in this event,” Crestview coach ...

Martins Ferry Purple Riders Head coach: Breanna Beck

Their are two first-year coaches at the helm in Martins Ferry. Head coach Breanna Beck, along with assistant coach Lisa Kapiskosky. might be coaching in their first 3-A OVAC Championship, but they are ready to take on the challenge with a motivated squad. “We consider ourselves fortunate ...

Bridgeport Bulldogs Head coach: Mallory Cooper

Bridgeport head coach Mallory Cooper and assistant coach Chelsey Strain are excited about what the Bulldogs will be bringing to the table for the 2017 OVAC Cheering Championships at Wheeling’s Wesbanco Arena. ‘‘Our routine this year is energetic and eye-catching,’’ Strain said. ...

Shadyside Tigers Head coach: Melanie Haswell

The Shadyside Tigers are coming off a superb OVAC competition last season as the runner-ups of the AA division and veteran head coach Melanie Haswell, who has coached cheering for 28 years, is excited to compete this year with a promising routine on Feb. 4 at WesBanco Arena in front of what ...

Cameron Dragons Head coach: Bethany Scott

Cameron cheerleading coach Bethany Scott has been an assistant head coach for five years and is now in her second year at the helm of the Dragons. She has two volunteer coaches who are both very close to her. Her mother, Missy Ross, and her daughter, Maddie Ross, are both along for the ride ...

Central Catholic Maroon Knights Head coach: Jessica Becker

Wheeling Central has been very successful in its cheering program, especially as of late. The Maroon Knights have won 16 OVAC cheering championships in their school’s history and are coming off of a 2016 season in which they garnered state runner-up honors after claiming the Region 1-A ...

Toronto Red Knights Head coach: Jenna Rampello

Not only has Toronto had success at the AA level as it comes off an OVAC championship victory a season ago, but it also claimed four titles in the single A dating back to 2008. First-year head coach Jenna Rampello was a part of that success as she graduated in 2011 from Toronto. In fact, she ...

John Marshall Monarchs Head coach: Marcie Robbins

John Marshall cheering coach Marcie Robbins is in her 11th season at the school and her eighth as the head coach of the Monarchs. Robbins and the Monarchs are coming off a stellar third-place finish at the OVAC Cheering Championships in 2016, along with a fifth-place result at ...

Wheeling Park Patriots Head coach: Shawna Shepherd

The Wheeling Park cheering squad has been untouchable in the last four years. The Patriots have won four OVAC championships in a row, while claiming three W.Va.  Class AAA state titles as well. Creating the winning atmosphere at Wheeling Park has been 12-year head coach Shawna ...

Indian Creek Redskins Head coach: Gina Giuliani

The last few years have been challenging for Indian Creek cheerleading at the OVAC competition. They have participated at both the 4-A and 5-A levels, which makes it difficult to adjust to certain opponents. “We have been up and down,” Redskins coach Gina Giuliani said. “We fluctuate ...

Bishop Donahue Bishops Head coach: Dana Mele

A season ago, Bishop Donahue captured its fifth consecutive OVAC cheering championship and finished as the Single A state runner-up in 2015. As hard as it would be for the Bishops to top those accolades, they brought home a Single A state championship to McMechen in 2016 and are looking for ...

Paden City Wildcats Head coach: Hannah Shreve

In the case of the Paden City cheering squad entering the OVAC Cheering Championships, it may not be the size of the team, but the heart of the team. The Wildcats only have eight girls, with more siblings on the team than seniors. The only senior on this year’s team is Kallie Arnett, ...

Weirton Madonna Head coach: Jennifer Barnabei

It has been a positive year for Madonna cheering and head coach Jennifer Barnabei, who is in her second year at the program. “Our cheerleading program has had a fantastic year,” Barnabei said. “At regionals in the fall, our competition squad had a very positive experience.” There ...

Steubenville Big Red Head coach: Kelly Lancia

Fifth-year head coach Kelly Lancia and the Steubenville cheering team have worked hard to improve their routine since it was last performed at the Jefferson County Fair and they will be ready to show it off at the OVAC Championship on Feb. 4 at WesBanco Arena. “We have tweaked sections to ...

Harrison Central Huskies Head coach: Sunnie Ruble

Harrison Central is led by first-year coach Sunnie Ruble but she has already led the Huskies cheering squad to recent success. The Huskies claimed second place in the small varsity non-mount division at Shaker Heights, along with claiming the Terrific Tumbling Award. In the offseason, Ruble ...

Weir Red Riders Head coach: Nicolette Hill

Weir has earned runner-up honors at OVACs for the past two seasons, along with a second-place finish at the regional tournament and will attempt a run at another successful showing behind first-year coach Nicolette Hill. Hill has already started to take off from where the Red Riders were a ...