Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Morrill High School in Nebraska is getting some extra attention these days. And the attention is not because they had a winning cheer routine at the Hartman Event Center. It was because of the courage of one senior cheerleader, Katrina Kohel.

According to an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, the Senior cheerleader told her coach, “I want to go to state, and I will cheer by myself.” And that’s exactly what she did.

Katrina was originally on a squad of four girls. But three of them quit a week and a half before the competition due to “personal reasons.” So Katrina had a choice. She could also quit and the team would just not participate in the three-day cheer competition. Or, she could put on her cheerleading uniform and represent her team, and do it by herself. After talking about it with her mom, Katrina decided to do a one-person cheer routine.

Check out the amazing routine below!

  • Video of Nebraska High School Cheerleader Doing Her Solo Routuine

  • The Crowd Didn't Make Her Feel Alone

    Katrina started her routine alone on the mat. Then, music began and she picked up her sign that read “Go” on one side and “Fight” on the other. She began yelling chants to the judges and to the crowd. To her surprise, people in the seats stood up and started cheering back at her. At one point, security had to tell everyone in the stands to sit down. The applause grew. Spectators quickly realized that she was the only one representing her high school. (We all love a good underdog story don’t we?)

    “I probably had the loudest crowd involvement there,” Katrina said. “Everybody was cheering with me, and it was an amazing feeling.”

    And thank goodness the crowd was there. The only people that she knew that showed up to cheer her on was her cheerleading coach, and her grandparents. The rest of Katrina’s family traveled to Omaha to watch her twin, Daniel, compete in a state wrestling tournament.

  • Go Katrina Go!

    Katrina ended up scoring eighth out of 12 groups, which is the highest her team had placed in three years. Go Katrina!

    Nebraska cheerleader competes by herself at state competition, but crowd doesn't let her feel alone

    When Morrill High School coach April Ott broke the news to Katrina Kohel that she was the only one left on the cheer squad, she promised her that even if she couldn't compete at the state tournament, they could still enjoy the whole experience.

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