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Rattler cheerleaders raising money for regionals

The High Desert Rattlers Pee Wee and Junior Pee Wee Cheer teams are raising money for the regional competition this weekend with a yard sale. Pictured is the Pee Wee team: Alex Parris, Lilly Rapp,Baily Dodge, Sara Walker, Baily Dodge, Tatum Delaney,Kailyn Smith, Rheannon Mesa, Jazmyn Walker, Naysa Longmire and Taylyr Balluff. Also pictured are head coach Chole Carter, assistant coach Jenni Rapp, and Erin Dodge as team mom. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - Two of Kingman's High Desert Rattlers Pop Warner cheer teams are working hard to raise enough money for a trip to the regional competition at Long Beach, Calif. this year.

It'll cost the teams approximately $7,000 to send the 15 Junior Pee Wee cheerleaders (which includes one young man this year), 11 Pee Wee cheerleaders and all of the chaperones to the regional meet, said Rattlers Cheer President Jennifer Rapp.

In order to raise the funds, the teams are holding a rummage and bake sale at the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Club Avenue from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This will be the first time the Rattlers have made it to the regional conference, which takes place Nov. 24.

"We'll be competing against some teams from some pretty big conferences," said Rapp. "There will be teams from Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii."

The Rattlers' Junior Pee Wee and Pee Wee cheer and dance teams won first place in both of their divisions at the local cheer competition Oct. 20 at Kingman High School.

The Junior Pee Wee cheerleaders range in age from 8 to 11 and the Pee Wee cheer team ranges in age from 9 to 12.

These aren't your typical stand-at-the-sideline-and-wave-your-pom-poms cheerleaders, according to Rapp and cheer coach Nelly Whitton.

The kids do stunts such as a "basket toss," where three cheerleaders toss another cheerleader, a "flyer," into the air and then catch the flyer on the way down.

"Some of my kids can toss their flyers six feet in the air," Whitton said. "They're pretty excited to go."

Rapp said she feels pretty strongly that this year's teams could make it all the way to the national championships in Orlando, Fla., where their parents can watch them live on ESPN.

If they do make it to the national level, they'll need to raise nearly $20,000 to make the trip.


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