Last year Columbia High School took first place at the ISHA Cheerleading Competition and this year they hope to repeat as champions with the help of Tony Lafata..
"He is an awesome cheerleader, he is a great base, he can tumble and because he is a guy, he can lift a lot," said Columbia High School Senior, Sydney Weaver.
Audrey Krump feels that having a male of the team is an ingredient for success.
"They can throw the girls higher, they can tumble harder, they can jump higher, it takes the competition to a whole other level," Krump said.
"I feel special, I feel like I have certain role, no other guys in my school do this, I like how Im the only guy in my school that does it," said Sophomore Tony Lafata.
The secret to the Eagles success might be that Lafata not only performs routines, but acts as a mediator for the team.
"He just reminds us what we're here for and really brings us together and helps calm us down and feel relaxed. I don't know what we would do without him," Krump said.
And after this years performance, Lafata's was in good spirits, hoping for another title victory.
"I feel great, I feel like we really rocked it out there. You work for nine months to put all your heart into this routine, what you get out of this is what you can take. That performance was one of the best moments of my life," Lafata said.
Tony Lafata plans on cheering for the remainder of his high school career and hopes he will be able to compete at the collegiate level.