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Competitive Cheer Inks Eight for 2011-12

April 20, 2011

WACO, Texas - Baylor competitive cheer head coach Karry Forsythe announced the signings of eight additional student-athletes for the 2011-12 academic year on Wednesday. The Bears' newest signees join 11 student-athletes who signed in the fall to give competitive cheer a 19-member class entering its second season.

"I am very pleased with our recruiting class this year," Forsythe said. "We have so much talent coming back next season and new talent coming to Baylor. It's going to be a great second season for us and we cannot wait to get started."

The eight members of the spring signing class are: Stephanie Bohmler (Seguin, Texas), Danielle Hardman (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Lindsey Lau (Spring, Texas), Madison Leffler (Lakeside, Calif.), Joy Lord (Carrollton, Texas), Taylor Simmons (Magnolia, Texas), Sara Talley (Jacksonville, Ariz.) and Keonia White (Little Rock, Ark.).

The Bears wrapped up their inaugural season by taking a national championship in the Five-Element Stunt Event on April 9. Baylor's 2010-11 squad consisted of 28 students-athletes, 24 of which were freshmen.


Name Position Hometown (Previous School)
*Stephanie Bohlmer Base/Flyer Seguin, Texas (SFA)
Rebecca Carniello Base Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos HS)
Ally Cheatham Flyer/Base Phoenix, Ariz. (Valley Christian HS)
Brandi Hanford Flyer/Base Hewitt, Texas (Midway HS)
*Danielle Hardman Flyer Cortland Manor, N.Y. (Hudson HS)
Keagan Johnson Back Spot West Chicago, Ill. (Community HS District 94)
*Lindsey Lau Base Spring, Texas (Klein HS)
*Madison Leffler Flyer Lakeside, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS)
*Joy Lord Base Carrollton, Texas (Prestonwood Christian Academy)
Alecia Occhipinti Base Coto De Caza, Calif. (Crean Lutheran HS)
Anna Pearce Base/Back Spot Victoria, Texas (Blinn College)
Britta Pierce Back Spot Grapevine, Texas (Fort Worth Christian Academy)
Bresha Pierce Back Spot Grapevine, Texas (Fort Worth Christian Academy)
Tiffany Rudzitis Flyer Simi Valley, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS)
*Taylor Simmons Base/Flyer Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia HS)
*Sara Talley Base Jacksonville, Ark. (Sylvan Hills HS)
Kelsey Taylor Flyer Conroe, Texas (Montgomery HS)
Kendall Taylor Back Spot Conroe, Texas (Montgomery HS)
*Keonia White Base Little Rock, Ark. (Central HS)



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