By Alan Richardson
Coming on the heels of a Region 8-AAA football championship, the Lady Dogs took home another one in the form of a Competition Cheerleading championship this past weekend at Putnam County.
Coach Leslie Watkins had this to say, “We did it!! The Morgan County High School Competitive Cheerleaders are Region 8-AAA champions! I couldn’t be prouder of these girls. Not only did these girls rise to the occasion to win first place, but they hit their best score of the season.” Coach Ashley Wegmann told the girls that her wish for them on Saturday was to leave the mat saying “I’m so glad that I…” not, “I wish that I had…” Wegmann’s response after the performance was, “They left it all on the mat! Now we need to work even harder getting ready for state!” Coach Denise Frost added, “The girls have one more goal to try to achieve this year. We want to be called to the floor at the state competition. We achieve that by finishing in the top six in our division. I believe that we can do that if we hit another routine like we did this past Saturday. I am so proud of this team and all of the coaches!” The Cheer Dogs advance directly to the state finals to be held on November 12th at 9 a.m. at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus. Pre-sale tickets are available on Ticketmaster. Fans planning to attend Saturday’s finals are encouraged to avoid the lines and buy their tickets early.
The rest of the region finished like this: second place, Monroe Area, third place, Hart County, and fourth place, East Jackson. All four teams from Region 8-AAA will advance to the state competition this coming weekend, November 11 and 12. However, Monroe, Hart, and East Jackson must compete in the sectionals on Friday to win a place at the finals on Saturday. The top eight finishes at sectionals will join the region champions for the finals on Saturday morning. Thanks to Coach Denise Frost for some of this information.