Coosa wins state cheer champs in Class AA

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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.

Jeremy Ste­wart/RN-T

The Coosa com­pe­ti­tion cheer­lead­ers hoist the Class AA state cham­pi­onship tro­phy af­ter ar­riv­ing back at the high school Satur­day, Nov. 14, 2015.

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