CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The area’s three representatives in Saturday’s state cheerleading competition — Man, Logan and Tug Valley — all fell short of their goals of winning a state championship.
However, all three teams performed well and pretty much left the Charleston Civic Center with a good overall feeling.
Man High School, last year’s Class A state champion, moved up in classification to the tougher Double-A ranks and took fourth place, beating county rival and fifth-place Logan by one point.
Logan, fielding a very young team, and a squad in rebuilding mode, made a strong showing in its first trip to the state cheer tourney in two years. Logan didn’t even make it to Charleston last year and did not take part in competitive cheerleading.
Logan also beat regional rival Winfield, which was sixth place. Winfield had won the regional title recently as Logan was second.
Tug Valley took third in the Class A competition and toppled arch rival Tolsia by more than 12 points. Tolsia, which beat Tug Valley recently in the regional meet, was a distant fifth place in Single-A.
Robert C. Byrd took the Class AA state title, its fifth in a row. RCB had a fall during the routine but that was masked by a high-flying routine which maximized their points in level of difficulty.
RCB had 336.10 points. East Fairmont was second with 295.85 points, while Liberty Harrison was third with 293.85 points. Man (285.80) as fourth, Logan (284.15) fifth, Winfield (283.50) sixth, Weir (278.90) seventh and Shady Spring (271.40) eighth.
Bishop Donahue won the Class A state championship with 312.05 points, taking its first ever state cheer title. Wheeling Central was second with 310.80 points. Tug Valley (291.35) was third, 11-time champ Clay-Battelle (282.40) fourth, Tolsia (278.60) fifth, Greenbrier West (272.90) sixth, South Harrison (235.50) seventh and Valley Fayette (213.55) eighth.
Taking first place in Class AAA was Wheeling Park with 350.45 points. Brooke (330.55) was second, Beckley Woodrow Wilson (290.85) took third and Spring Valley (280.20) was fourth. Riverside (273.85) was fifth, Jefferson (262.30) sixth, Parkersburg (249.75) seventh and Musselman (223.40) eighth.
Man, coached by Tina Goodman, has just two seniors on its active roster, including Sydney Keffer and Kaden Chafin. Also on the roster are: juniors Destinee Cook, Hannah Greene, Chandler McCormack and Julia Mullins; sophomores Emma Anderson, Hannah Duba, Halie Duba, Summer Bragg and Megan McDaniels; and freshmen Isabella Conn and Alexus Lewis. The alternates are senior Haylee Daniels, Madison Sizemore, Olivia Short and Sierra Simpson.
Logan, led by first-year coach Alice Akers, has just three seniors on its roster as well in Kirsten Campbell, Ashton Sparks and alternate Montana Frye. Also on the roster are: juniors Kirstyn Frye, Alya Glick, Marli Hatcher, Kenna Jeffrey, Haley Mullins and Madyson Ooten; sophomores Halee Proffitt and Lauren Ramey; and freshmen Alexis Luther, Carlee Miller and Kenadee Vance.
Tug Valley is coached by Tara Wolford and has two seniors in Kelsey Marcum and Madison May. The juniors are: Maki Jude, Skylar Mitchell, Bekah White and Sydney Whitt. The sophomores are: Madison Carey, Sydney Fluty and Brittany Moore. The freshmen are: Raleigh Baisden, Halley Contos, Kelli Kirk and Hannah White. The alternates are: Emily Adkins, Haylee Workman, Angelina York and Laken Jones.