Ar­muchee wins Class AA state ti­tle

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - RN-T Sports Ed­i­tor Ar­muchee’s var­sity com­pe­ti­tion cheer­lead­ers take a cel­e­bra­tory photo af­ter win­ning state.

By the time Ar­muchee’s var­sity com­pe­ti­tion cheer­lead­ers stepped off the mat Satur­day morn­ing fol­low­ing their rou­tine in Colum­bus there was a feel­ing that they had done some­thing spe­cial.

A cou­ple of hours later that feel­ing was con­firmed.

Ar­muchee was awarded a fi­nal score of 99.17 and won the Class AA s t at e c ham­pi­onship dur­ing the GHSA State Cheer­lead­ing Championships in Colum­bus.

The ti­tle com­pletes an un­de­feated sea­son for the squad, which took first in their class at each com­pe­ti­tion and won the Re­gion 7-AA cham­pi­onship last week­end. Head coach Kelli Stamey said to fin­ish with a state ti­tle is a tes­ta­ment to the girls on the team.

“They just put in the hard work all sea­son, and it was the first time we have ever placed first in ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion and then won re­gion and state,” Stamey said. “It is a great group of girls who worked re­ally hard, had a goal and man­aged to ob­tain that goal.”

Coosa fin­ished third in the Class AA fi­nals af­ter mak­ing it past the state sec­tion­als on Fri­day. Mean­while, Cedar­town was un­able to re­peat as Class 4A state cham­pi­ons, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Chapel Hill. Cal­houn com­peted in the Class 3A fi­nals and also got run­ner up.

Ar­muchee re­ceived a fi­nal score of 99.17 to put the squad ahead of Screven County, which fin­ished with a score of 95.50. Coosa’s score was 95.17.

“We hit a flaw­less rou­tine. We re­ally couldn’t have done any bet­ter,” Stamey said. “We pretty much knew we had it when we came off the floor, and if we didn’t, we knew they gave ev­ery­thing they had. It was good at state to do best we’ve done all year.”

Stamey and her as­sis­tant coach Jor­dan Bur­kett ar­rived at Ar­muchee High School with the rest of the team Satur­day evening, where a group of par­ents, fac­ulty and fans from the Ar­muchee com­mu­nity gath­ered to wel­come them back.

Satur­day marked the sec­ond time in four years that Ar­muchee has won the AA cham­pi­onship. Teams from Re­gion 7-AA and its pre­vi­ous ver­sions have won the state ti­tle 11 of the last 13 years.

The five se­niors on the team — Laken Bur­dick, Kelsey Tucker, Ken­zie Fisher, Lucy Har­ris and Ash­lynn Sut­ton — were all on the 2014 Ar­muchee team that won the pro­gram’s first state cham­pi­onship.

“It’s won­der­ful for them to start their high school ca­reer with a state cham­pi­onship win and end it with a state cham­pi­onship win,” Stamey said, adding that their lead­er­ship had a lot to do with the team’s suc­cess this sea­son.

“Those se­niors were very de­ter­mined, knew what it took to win state and were de­ter­mined to put in the work to make that hap­pen.”

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