South Caro­line cheer teams earn berth in AYC Na­tion­als

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

FEDERALSBURG — Three South Caro­line Mus­tang cheer teams will be mak­ing the trip to Or­lando, Fla., for the AYC Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion.

The squads earn­ing a berth at Na­tion­als are the South Caro­line Mus­tangs 12U Red and 14U White teams, along with the Bay­side Elite team, which in­cludes mem­bers from Caro­line, Tal­bot and Kent coun­ties.

The 31 girls leave for Na­tion­als Wed­nes­day, Dec. 7, and the com­pe­ti­tion will be held Dec. 10 and 11.

“It is a dream to take these

girls from our small towns to Florida for Na­tion­als,” said Jen­nifer Holmes who coaches the South Caro­line 12U Red team and Bay­side Elite team with Heather Jessee. “Heather and I have coached to­gether for nine years, and this is our first time tak­ing a team to Na­tion­als. We are re­ally proud of the girls, and their hard work this sea­son.

“We are try­ing to pro­vide a pro­gram for our girls to grow and be proud,” she said. “This year, we have re­ally ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions. We have an Elite Team of 18 girls go­ing, and South Caro­line hav­ing, not one, but two teams go­ing to Na­tion­als is fan­tas­tic.”

Colonel Richard­son High School grad­u­ate Cleonda Thomp­son and Kim Cutchin coach the 14U White squad.

The teams earned their berth at Na­tion­als by ad­vanc­ing in the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion in Sal­is­bury, and then Re­gion­als in Tren­ton, N.J. The 12U team fin­ished third at Re­gion­als and the 14U squad fin­ished first at Re­gion­als.

“The girls have put in hun­dreds of hours of prac­tice time with help from so many vol­un­teers and spon­sors,” Jessee said. “It has taken a lot of peo­ple to put all of this to­gether.

“When we get down there, I hope the girls will be sat­is­fied with their per­for­mance, no mat­ter what the out­come is,” she said. “They have worked ex­tremely hard and we are very proud of their ef­fort and ac­com­plish­ments this sea­son.

“We have quite a few girls who have never been on a plane be­fore, let alone left the state, so this is a re­ally big deal,” she said. “We just want the girls to be proud of mak­ing Na­tion­als and take this ex­pe­ri­ence with them through­out their en­tire lives.”

The South Caro­line Mus­tangs have re­ceived do­na­tions from Tri-Gas and Oil, H&M Bay Inc., CW Trans­port, RJ Elec­tric, Hig­gin­bot­tom Or­thodon­tics and Win Trans­port. Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive is a cheer pro­gram spon­sor for the year.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

South Caro­line Mus­tang cheer teams 12U and 14U, along with the Bay­side Elite team earned a berth at AYC Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Or­lando, Fla.

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The Bay­side Elite Cheer Team re­cently earned a berth at the AYC Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion. The team is made up of girls from Caro­line, Tal­bot and Kent coun­ties.

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The South Caro­line Mus­tangs 12U team earned a berth at Na­tion­als by fin­ish­ing third at the Big East Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion in Tren­ton, N.J.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The South Caro­line Mus­tangs 12U team earned a berth at Na­tion­als by fin­ish­ing first at the Big East Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion in Tren­ton, N.J.

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