Peewee Jaguars cheer to nationals

By Jamie Harkins

March 14, 2017 12:00 AM

LET'S GO JAGS Members of the Lakeland peewee Jaguars gather on stage after winning the Lloydminster Hometown Hockey cheer contest. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The Lakeland peewee Jaguars have a chance to win two championships this season.
The Jaguars bested the Kitscoty atom Krushers and Lakeland atom Jaguars to capture the cheer contest prize at the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour stop in Lloydminster on Sunday. The Jags win placed them in the final 24 teams from across Canada that will be vying for a national cheer title in early April.
“I’m really excited,” said Jaguars’ captain Sydney Dutertre. “I can’t wait to go to the finals.”
James Stokes, coach of the Jaguars, said the kids recorded the roar that they sing in the dressing room before every game and submitted it to the Rogers Hometown Hockey cheer contest for consideration from the public and were luckily voted into the final three. He said the East Central Alberta Hockey League team, which just advanced through the north east zone finals to earn a berth in the Hockey Alberta championships in Ponoka in two weeks, went all in during the face-off on the main stage of Rogers Hometown Hockey to snag the national chance.
“The girls have been working hard all year and it showed up there,” said Stokes. “They were very enthusiastic again today, which is awesome.”
The Rogers Hometown Hockey national cheer contest prize is an NHL experience including a playoff game viewing party by an NHL alumni, a surprise equipment package, an on-ice experience hosted by a special guest and a photo-op and meet and greet with a current or former NHL player. Voting for the national champion will happen online at the Hometown Hockey website beginning in early April.
The Jags started the cheer on the main stage standing arm-in-arm in a circle and began rotating once the second verse starts. At the end of the song, the girls jumped toward the crowd with a loud battle cry.
“One,” they sang in unison. “We are the Jags. Two, I live for hockey. Three, I still can’t hear you. Four, more, more, more. Three, two, one, Jags!”

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