Area cheer squads shine on Satur­day

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

Last year, the GHSA elected to send all com­pe­ti­tion cheer­lead­ing squads to Colum­bus, re­gard­less of their fin­ish at their re­spec­tive re­gion tour­na­ments, so all teams could com­pete at the state com­pe­ti­tion.

Prior to last year, how­ever, squads had to fin­ish fourth or bet­ter at their re­spec­tive re­gion com­pe­ti­tions in or­der to qual­ify for state.

Had that rule been in ef­fect on Satur­day, all six com­pe­ti­tion squads in the com­bined Ca­toosa-walker County area would be headed to the GHSA’S big show.

Gor­don Lee, LFO, and Her­itage all took first place on Satur­day to au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the fi­nals next week­end, while Ring­gold, Lafayette and Ridge­land will all have to get into the fi­nals through qual­i­fy­ing next Fri­day in Colum­bus.

Ring­gold fin­ished sec­ond be­hind LFO at the 6-AAA com­pe­ti­tion in Car­roll­ton, while Lafayette and Ridge­land were third and fourth, re­spec­tively, in the 6-AAAA com­pe­ti­tion at Daw­son County High School.

Gor­don Lee took first in the Class A Pub­lic School sec­tion­als in Ma­con on Sat- ur­day to ad­vance to the fi­nals in Colum­bus. The top eight pub­lic school and pri- vate school squads at sec­tion­als au­to­mat­i­cally moved on to the state fi­nals, which will be held on Fri­day, along with all 16 fi­nal­ists in the co-ed di­vi­sion.

The LFO cheer­lead­ers, along with Her­itage and Gor­don Lee, won their re­spec­tive re­gional and sec­tional cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

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