Cedar­town Mid­dle cheer team wins 2nd at Pep­perell com­pe­ti­tion

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - The Cedar­town Mid­dle School com­pe­ti­tion cheer team is made up of, back, from left to right: Edy Lee, Hayven Bauer, Aubrey Allen, Har­ley McGee, Gracee Priv­ett, Hayze Grif­fin, Kam Cochran, Bete­nia West; and front: Macy Carter, Olivia Cren­shaw, Alyssa Parham

The Cedar­town Mid­dle School Com­pe­ti­tion Cheer­lead­ers, coached by Grace McLaine and LeAnna Mor­ton, are off to a win­ning start to the sea­son af­ter pick­ing up a pair of tro­phies from their open­ing events of the sea­son.

Over the past few week­ends, the team has placed third out of 10 teams at the Coosa Clas­sic on Sept. 9 and placed sec­ond out of 11 teams at the Pep­perell Clas­sic on Sept. 16.

The CMS Com­pe­ti­tion team is com­posed of four­teen girls, which places them in the small divi­sion cat­e­gory. There are four eighth graders, six sev­enth graders, and four sixth graders on the squad.

So far the squad has faced larger divi­sion squads in both com­peti- tions, but have proven that hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion pay off ac­cord­ing to their coaches.

“These girls are tough,” said Mor­ton. “They have worked long and hard hours since the start of sum­mer and Au­gust months, and it is show­ing when they step out on that blue mat each Sat­ur­day.”

The coaches said they feel they are not only coach­ing these girls the foun­da­tions of com­pet­i­tive cheer­lead­ing, but they are also teach­ing them life skills and how to work as a team.

“This sea­son has been of great chal­lenges and thus far great re­wards. I am a big be­liever that sports teach young minds more life skills than they can learn any­where else at their age,” said McLaine. “I push these girls to face ad­ver­sity in hopes that their hard work will pay off, and so far, it has.”

Both coaches can­not ex­press enough how proud they are of this team.

Com­pe­ti­tions are not the only thing these girls have ex­pe­ri­enced this sea­son. They also cheered dur­ing half-time at the Univer­sity of Geor­gia’s re­cent game against Ap­palachian State.

The team per­formed a quick dance that was chore­ographed by UCA.

“That was a once in a life-time op­por­tu­nity and I hope they truly en­joyed them­selves,” McLaine siad.

The Cedar­town Mid­dle School com­pe­ti­tion cheer­lead­ers have three more events they’ll be tak­ing part in this sea­son.

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