KI Fall Var­sity Cheer Team wins state cham­pi­onship

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STEVENSVILLE — On Thurs­day, Nov. 10, the Kent Is­land High Var­sity Cheer team com­peted at Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege in the Mary­land High School Cheer As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fall State Cham­pi­onship. For the sec­ond sea­son in a row, Kent Is­land High beat out their com­pe­ti­tion and took home the State 1a/2a ti­tle. Pre­vi­ously, Kent Is­land won the Win­ter State cham­pi­onship this past Fe­bruar y.

The top nine 1A/2A teams in Mary­land com­peted for this ti­tle, and Kent Is­land beat out the com­pe­ti­tion, scor­ing a 125.19 out of a pos­si­ble 130 points. Har­ford Tech placed sec­ond with a score of 119.31.

That same evening the top 3A/4A teams across the state also com­peted for a state ti­tle. Arun­del High School from Anne Arun­del County won the 3a/4a ti­tle with a score of 123.64.

As­sis­tant coach Molly Hustead said, “I am so proud to not only be a Kent Is­land cheer alumni, but also the op­por­tu­nity to coach this hard­work­ing team. These ath­letes put in hun­dreds of hours per­fect­ing their rou­tine in or­der to claim this state ti­tle. I can­not wait to see what else they will ac­com­plish in the win­ter sea­son.

The var­sity cheer team is made up of 21 cheer­lead­ers rang­ing from 9th grade to 12th grade. The fol­low­ing cheer­lead­ers make up the var­sity cheer team: Cap­tain Demi Cal­las, Cap­tain Madison Kel­ley, Carter Wilk­er­son, Lizzy Hay­den, Madison McNeil, Tori Wag­ner, Jake Hur­man, Holly Schultz, Sum­mer Alexan­der, Mal­lory Smel­gus, Sa­van­nah Long, Aly Madi­gan, Kyleigh Mee­han, Skyler Brazell, Clau­dia Schultz, Jor­dan McGovern, Anna Wong, Mag­gie Groff, Sydney Leonardi, Ash­leigh Martin and Emma Trink­ley.

The team is led by head coach Meghan Ar­boleda. When asked to re­flect on the com­pe­ti­tion she said, “At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son we had set a goal, our goal was to go un­de­feated. We were un­de­feated go­ing into states and knew that all we had to do was our rou­tine and our goal would be achieved.

“Com­ing from Semi’s our score was the high­est out of both the 1A/2A di­vi­sion and the 3A/4A. So prac­tic­ing that week we thought, let’s add on to our goal and not only go un­de­feated but get the high­est score out of both di­vi­sions again ... and we did! This team learned a great les­son, set a goal, work hard and you can achieve any­thing you put your mind to.”

Prior head coach and cur­rent JV coach Laura Schroyer said, “Through lots and lots of hard work, Kent Is­land has built a rep­u­ta­tion for them­selves as a stand­out not only in the 1A/2A di­vi­sion but in the 3A/4A di­vi­sion as well. It’s great to go to com­pe­ti­tions through­out the state where ev­ery­one knows your name and you are de­fend­ing a rep­u­ta­tion you are proud of.”

The cheer team will start a new sea­son this win­ter and hope to com­pete in Win­ter States in Fe­bru­ary of 2017 and de­fend their state ti­tle.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The four stunt pods flaw­lessly ex­e­cute their pa­per doll stunt se­quence.

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