Local cheerleaders perform at Holiday Bowl

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 16:17
  • Members of the Southcentral Alaska Pop Warner Cheer squad march in the Holiday Bowl Parade on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 in San Diego, California. The team will perform at halftime of the Holiday Bowl game between Utah and Northwestern. (Photo by Haylee Donovan)

Sharp-eyed Alaskans watching the Holiday Bowl on New Year’s Eve got a chance to spot some sharp-dressed Alaskans.

About 30 members of the Alaska South Central Pop Warner cheerleading squad performed during halftime of the Utah-Northwestern college football game, which was broadcast on cable channel FS1.

About half the girls are members of the Eagle River Panthers Pop Warner cheer squad, according to Panthers cheer commissioner Haylee Donovan, who accompanied the squad to San Diego for the festivities. The rest of the squad hails from Anchorage and the Mat-Su, she said.

Donovan said the cheerleaders, who range in age from eight to 13, also marched in the Holiday Bowl Parade earlier Monday. She said the squad will be wearing silver uniforms with maroon sleeves. Each of the team members learned an eight-minute dance routine for the halftime show.

“They are the youngest girls here and are doing amazing!” Donovan wrote in an email about the team.

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