Na­tional Cham­pi­ons

South Caro­line cheer team wins Na­tional Cham­pi­onship

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By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

PRE­STON — Adding to the proud lin­eage of an area known for state cham­pi­onships, march­ing band ti­tles and a Lit­tle League World Se­ries berth, the South Caro­line Mus­tangs 12u Red cheer squad cap­tured the 2016 AYC Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Florida on Dec. 10.

Coached by Jen­nifer Holmes and Heather Jessee, the 12u Mus­tangs earned a berth at the AYC Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion by fin­ish­ing third at re­gion­als in Tren­ton, N.J. The squad then trav­eled to Or­lando, Fla., to com­pete in Na­tion­als.

Af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion when judges an­nounced the re­sults, tears flowed from the squad as they raced on stage to ac­cept the ti­tle.

“We were in to­tal shock. We were all in tears,” Holmes said. “We al­most didn’t know what to do at first. We had to hear it twice be­fore we could be­lieve it. We are just so proud of all of the girls. They worked so hard for this. They earned it.”

Holmes and Jessee have been coach­ing to­gether for nine years. They also coach the Bay­side Elite squad, a team that also earned a berth at Na­tion­als, and the Colonel Richard­son High School cheer team, which has per­formed at a Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards game and Naval Acad­emy foot­ball game.

“Win­ning the na­tional cham­pi­onship is such a great ac­com­plish­ment for the team,” Jessee said. “It is our dream to help these kids get to this point.

“We knew the girls did re­ally well dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, but you have to wait and see how all the points come to­gether. It was quite a mo­ment to hear the judges call us up as Na­tional Cham­pi­ons.

“We wanted the girls to en­joy the mo­ment of be­ing at Na­tion­als, re­gard­less of the out­come. They re­ally em­braced the mo­ment. To see all the hard work they put in and to get re­warded means a lot to us.”

The Bay­side Elite squad coached by Holmes and Jessee fin­ished fifth at Na­tion­als. The team is

made up of girls from Caro­line, Tal­bot and Kent coun­ties.

South Caro­line Mus­tangs 14u White team, coached by Colonel Richard­son High School grad­u­ate Cleonda Thomp­son and Kim Cutchin, also earned a berth at Na­tion­als by win­ning re­gion­als. The 14u squad took fifth place at Na­tion­als.

“The 14u and the Bay­side Elite teams did an in­cred­i­ble job at Na­tion­als,” Holmes said. “We are so proud of them. We can’t wait to go back with all of them next year. Thank you to the com­mu­nity and ev­ery­one who have spon­sored us, that helped make this hap­pen for the teams.”

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

The South Caro­line Mus­tangs 12u Red cheer squad won the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Or­lando, Fla., Dec. 10 at the AYC Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion. PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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 PHO­TOS

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.

South Caro­line Mus­tangs 14U team earned a berth at Na­tion­als by fin­ish­ing first at the Big East Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion in Tren­ton, N.J.

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