Coosa wins state cheer champs in Class AA
The opposition never factored into the Coosa High School competition cheerleaders’ plans this season. They knew in order to achieve their goals they had to stay focused on themselves.
After a season of competition wins and a region championship, the Lady Eagles stayed the course and brought home a state title to the Coosa community.
“We really felt like being undefeated, winning region, going into the finals, we just had a goal of making this the best year we’d ever had,” head coach Craig Bing said, “and that’s what we ended up doing.”
Competing in Columbus on Saturday against the top teams in Class AA, the Lady Eagles performed their routine and won over the judges with a firstplace score of 270, giving them the program’s fourth state title since 2008.
It also marks the first time the squad has won each competition during the regular season — a total of five first-place finishes — the region title and the state championship.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s something that you’ll never forget, something that you’ve worked incredibly hard for,” Bing said. “We’re just very thankful that it was our day. We’re very thankful for that.”
Armuchee, which finished fourth at the region competition last week, took second in the finals after the Lady Indians earned their way into Saturday’s competition by placing sixth in Friday’s Class AA sectional.
Coosa’s squad returned to the school late Saturday evening and was met by a crowd of fans and school officials holding signs and balloons, and cheering for the new state champions.
“I just think that today was really awesome, and we have all based this season on being a team and working together,” senior Raven Ayer said.
“That’s what’s carried us through this whole season is togetherness, and that’s what’s made this such a special memory.”
Ayer and teammate Abigail Ayers were freshmen in 2012 when Coosa last won the state championship, and both were excited to complete their high school career in the same manner.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Ayers said.
The two girls, along with teammate LeAnn Marshall, are the only seniors in the group, a factor that Bing said means good things for the program’s future.
“We had really strong leadership from our seniors, but we also had really strong underclassmen as well,” Bing said. “They’re very talented and I feel like they learned leadership skills from the seniors to know that, with the talent that they have, their future is very bright.”
In other state cheerleading results, Trion’s cheerleaders finished second in their classification as well. They scored a 240 in the Class A public school finals, while Commerce took first with a 268.
The Coosa competition cheerleaders hoist the Class AA state championship trophy after arriving back at the high school Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.