The Morgan County Competition Cheerleaders ended their season Saturday with a fourth place finish in the state finals. They finished behind a strong Pierce County team that has won five out of the past six years. Calhoun finished second and Adairsville grabbed the third place finish. This is the second year in a row that Morgan County has placed fourth in division AAA at the state finals.
Coach Kelli White had this to say about the season, “I am very pleased with the outcome. Our team went against the best teams in the state and held their own. Like many stories of triumph, these girls went against the giant and prevailed. Of course, we would have loved to bring home first place, but fourth in the entire state is pretty incredible. This group of girls has impressed me this season. They rose up after taking hit after hit. They are a true testament of resilience and I am blessed to have been a part of their journey.” Coach White is in her first season as a competitive coach at Morgan County. She coached for three years at Newton County High prior to her move to Morgan.
Coach Denise Frost shared her thoughts: “These girls have one chance to hit a 2 1/2 minute routine that includes running and standing tumbling, jumps, cheer, dance, elite stunts, secondary stunts, and a pyramid. Other sports have time to make up if mistakes are made, cheerleaders do not. It is extremely difficult to be perfect every time you compete. This is tremendously stressful for these competitors. I am so proud of this squad this year and how they rose to the occasion. They accomplished so much this year with team work and dedication.” Coach Frost is an assistant coach for competition and the head spirit coach and has been coaching for six years at MCHS.
Head Coach Leslie Watkins has been coaching the competitive squad for four years. She had this to say after Saturday’s performance. “A season of adversity. This squad has overcome so much and yet still holds the title as one of the top teams in the state in the AAA division. Losing four team members this season, three to season-ending injuries the first month of school and one just weeks before region competition has been a struggle. If you know anything about cheer, we can’t just put anyone in their spot on the mat. Formations and stunts must be reworked. These girls did not give up when they easily could have. Saying how proud I am is an understatement! Fourth in state may not sound big, but to these girls it is everything!”
The MCHS Competition squad bids farewell to three seniors from this year’s squad: Jamie Puckett, Britney Peters, and Emerson Woodham. The underclassmen will not have long to rest as they will continue to work on personal tumbling skills in the off season.