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Experience is beneficial but not essential when it comes to cheerleading.

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the selections for the All-Europe cheer team for the winter sports season. Only half of the 12 members selected for the first team are seniors, and half of those on the second team are in their final year of high school. Ten of the 24 members selected are underclassmen.

Three cheerleaders from Division II cheer champion Ansbach head the first team. Two more come from Division I champion Patch, with freshman Isabel Black the lone member from Division III winner Alconbury.

First team

Black; Clarissa Paniagua, Hannah Shedden, Bailey Ward, Ansbach; Cody Price, Ellie Prewitt, Aviano; Sydnee Ramsey, Rebecca Candelaria, Patch; Renee Bradley, Ramstein; Jake Anderson, Naomi Sterling, Asia Reyes, Rota

Second team

Natalia Livingston, Shayne Benson, Ansbach; Haley Swafford, Sara Clark, Kaiserslautern; Emily King, Emma Hatch, Naples; Anna Chiara Garland, Kamryn Korth, Patch; Ashleigh Navarro, Ramstein; Alexys Ramsey, Francesca Santos, Rota; Taylor Cox, Vilseck

Selection committee: Leslie Atkins (tournament director), Maschil Alexander (Menwith Hill), Jackie Cross (Alconbury), Ruthanne Bloyd (Rota), Mike Jimerson (Ansbach), Debra Hines (Kaiserslautern), Michelle Flautt (Patch), Karen Seadore (DODDS-Europe athletic director).

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