Cheerleading squads from the Lutz Chiefs, which are based out of the Oscar Cooler Sports Complex on Lutz Lake Fern Road, competed in the 2023 National Cheer & Dance Championships from Dec. 2 to Dec. 9 in Orlando, with some of the squads carrying home hardware.
The Pee Wee Onyx, pictured, finished in second place, bringing home the highest prize for the cheer organization, which cheers on its football teams during the season.
Additionally, Tiny Mite Force and Varsity Pearl squads both finished in third place, while Tiny Mite Store and Pee Wee Chrome competed, but did not place.
This is the largest number of teams Lutz Chiefs has sent to nationals in recent years. In 2021, it sent two teams to nationals, but neither placed. In 2022, it sent two teams to nationals, with one winning second place.