Bucs cheer­lead­ers net state four-peat

KIHS bounces back from third­place fin­ish in semis with stel­lar per­for­mance in fi­nals

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BEL AIR — The Kent Is­land High var­sity cheer­lead­ing team took its fourth con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

“This team has worked so hard th­ese past few months, show­ing com­plete com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion,” Kent Is­land coach Molly Hustead said. “I am amazed at how well they push through any ob­sta­cles that stand in their way. I could not have asked for a bet­ter per­for­mance to take their fourth state ti­tle.”

The Mary­land Cheer As­so­ci­a­tion is com­prised of Kent Is­land and all of the high schools in Bal­ti­more, Anne Arun­del, Howard, Har­ford, Car­roll, Mont­gomery, Ce­cil, Fred­er­ick and Charles counties. Cur­rently, Kent Is­land is the only team from the Eastern Shore com­pet­ing in the Mary­land Cheer As­so­ci­a­tion. Kent Is­land com­petes against all of the 1A/2A di­vi­sion schools from the afore­men­tioned counties.

To get to the state competition, Kent Is­land had to be in the quar­ter scor­ing teams. The score the schools re­ceived at semi­fi­nals was added to the score earned at the state competition, and to­taled to de­ter­mine who was the top team for the state ti­tle.

Go­ing into the state cham­pi­onships, Kent Is­land had a fall dur­ing their semi­fi­nal per­for­mance and placed third. It placed the Buc­ca­neers at a dis­ad­van­tage com­ing into the state competition, but their skills pre­vailed and landed them an over­all first-place fin­ish, while Har­ford Tech placed sec­ond.

“A cheer rou­tine is scored on part­ner stunts, bas­ket tosses, a pyra­mid sec­tion,

jumps, tum­bling, dance and cheer,” coach Laura Schroyer said. “Sec­tions are scored ac­cord­ing to their dif­fi­culty as well as how well they were ex­e­cuted.

“Kent Is­land is known to have the most [dif­fi­cult rou­tine] in terms of tum­bling, stunt­ing and pyra­mids when com­pared with high schools across the state of Mary­land,” Schroyer added. “Our cheer­lead­ers con­di­tion year round so that they have the phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity to ex­e­cute the dif­fi­cult stunt­ing and tum­bling skills that are in our rou­tines. Their ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion is what makes them such a force to be reck­oned with.”

The team is led by se­nior cap­tains Holly Schultz, Kyleigh Mee­han and Mallory Smel­gus. The team is com­posed of a to­tal of 21 ath­letes, in­clud­ing Jake Hur­man, Sa­van­nah Long, Sum­mer Alexan­der, Caro­line Claborn, Aly Madi­gan, Clau­dia Schultz, Anna Wong, Ju­lia Meyers, Skyler Brazell, Mag­gie Groff, Emma Trink­ley, Syd­ney Bow­man, Syd­ney Leonardi, Ash­ley Martin, Bella Brooks, Kris­ten Hatch, Me­gan O’Hare and Rachael Michal­ski.

“I’m so proud of my team,” head coach Meghan Ar­boleda said. “They could have given up and caved in to a bad per­for­mance, which put them in third place head­ing to states. They over­came their is­sues, per­se­vered and put on the best per­for­mance have ever seen.

“They put in so much prac­tice time to prepare for this mo­ment and as a coach, it’s all I could have asked for,” Ar­boleda added. “Their per­for­mance was per­fec­tion, I love my kids; Go Bucs!”


Kent Is­land High School Var­sity Cheer Team took its fourth straight state ti­tle Satur­day at Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege.


The Kent Is­land High School Var­sity Cheer Team per­forms at the state competition at Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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