Strong performances from local squads at GHSA State Cheerleading Championships
Competitive cheerleading has a long-standing tradition in Cartersville and Bartow County with Woodland winning five state titles, Cartersville three, and Cass one in the 25-year history of the competition under GHSA.
Woodland won titles in 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 as a female squad and won co-ed state championships in 2008-09 and 2016-17.
Cartersville won state titles in 1994-95, 2000-01, and 2014-15 with Cass earning a state championship in 2001-02.
Although this year’s teams did not bring home a state title, all four schools qualified for the state sectionals and advanced into the state finals this past weekend at the Columbus Civic Center and two of those teams came away with top five finishes.
Adairsville, who won Region 6-AAA, earned a third place finish in the state finals for Class AAA. It is the best-ever finish in Adairsville competitive cheerleading history.
In the all-classificaiton co-ed division, Woodland qualified for the state finals and placed fourth in defense of their 2016 state title.
Cass was the third place qualifier from Region 7-AAAAA and advanced into the state finals where the Colonels placed eleventh.
Cartersville qualified for the state sectionals with a fourth place finish in Region 5-AAAA. The Canes then were the top sectional qualifier on Friday to reach the finals, but their Saturday results were outside the top five and were not reported to our outlet.
Below is a glimpse from the squads and a video sample of the routines.
WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION CHEERLEADERS
2017 Woodland High School competition cheerleaders: Dylan Cole, Braden Foster, Griffin Guyton, Shelby Harper, Savannah Hawkins, Carlie Hendrix, Chloe Hendrix, Katelyn Honaker, Andy Johnson, Jayme Landrum, Cody Mincey, Ryanne Ritch, Xavier Rosario, John Shropshire, Breanna Shook, Aspen Sorrells, Rodney Thompson, Nathan Williams, Noah Williams. Coach: Kathi Shedd.
ADAIRSVILLE COMPETITION CHEERLEADERS
2017 Adairsville High School varsity competition cheerleaders: Brissa Perez, Katie Mulkey, Addison Mealer, Emily Abernathy, Brooke Bishop, Kat McWhorter, Katie Ray, Madison Poston, Madison Camp, Whitney Borders, Paige Cone, Meagan Wimpy, Avery Mealer, Lauren Hudziak, Mackenzie Baker, and Kaydence Morgan.
CASS COMPETITION CHEERLEADERS
2017 Cass High School varsity competition cheerleaders: Abby Owens, Abby Prater, Ashlie Swanson, Cailyn Campbell, Hanna Tzimenatos, JaTerria Hicks, Kaylyn Smith, Kenzie Avenell, Madison Owen, Mckenzie Howell, Sophie McIntyre, Yahaira Hernandez, Zoë Bryson. Coaches: Andy Schultz and Brooke McDurmon
EDITORS NOTE: Bartow Sports Zone has requested similar information from Cartersville High School and it will be added to this story upon receipt.