The Chapmanville and Man high school cheerleaders are gearing up for the state tournament after qualifying this past weekend at the regionals.
Man won its Class A regional tourney by a wide margin, while Chapmanville Regional was second in its regional event last weekend.
The state tournament is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Man has been the Class A state runners-up the last two years and will be looking to go over the top this time.
With its regional showing and past success, Man High School could be the early favorites to win it all.
In last weekend’s Class A Region 3 tourney, also held at the Civic Center, the Hillbillies won the regional championship with 342.25 points, topping rival Tug Valley, which was a distant second place with 317.95 points. Both advanced to state.
Valley Fayette (299.05) was third, Van (248.85) fourth, Fayetteville (247.75) fifth, Midland Trail (229.75) sixth, Sherman (174.95) seventh and Montcalm (170.5) last.
The Class A state tourney is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12.
Clay-Battelle goes first in the performance order, followed by Williamstown, Tucker County, Bishop Donahue, Man, Tug Valley, Tygarts Valley and Wahama.
Man will be seeking its first ever state championship in cheerleading. The school has won state titles in baseball and softball over the years.
In last Saturday’s Class AA Region 4 cheer tourney at Cabell Midland High School, Tolsia won with 350.15 points. Chapmanville Regional was second with 329.05 as both Cardinal Conference squads advanced to state.
Scott (299.5) was third, Mingo Central (277.85) fourth, Wayne (252.7) fifth, Herbert Hoover (246.1) sixth, Clay County (241.75) seventh, Poca (238.9) eighth and Nicholas County (227.5) ninth.
In the upcoming Class AA state tourney, slated for noon on Dec. 12, Weir is first in the performance order. Tolsia will perform second, Robert C. Byrd third and North Marion fourth. Wyoming East, Westside, Liberty Harrison and Chapmanville will follow.
Wyoming East won the Region 3 championship last weekend with a score of 297.15 points, beating out county rival Westside, which had a 281.75.
The Class AAA state tourney is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 to finish out the day. Wheeling Park is set to perform first. The Patriots will be followed by Spring Valley, Lewis County, Brooke, Beckley Woodrow Wilson, Riverside, Jefferson and Cabell Midland.
Logan High School, normally a mainstay in the state tournament, and a school which has won two state championships, did not compete in last weekend’s regional tourney and will not be a part of the state tournament field.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).