CHAPMANVILLE — It’s been a long time since the Chapmanville Regional High School cheerleaders have competed in the Class AA state tournament.
Nine years to be exact.
However, CRHS will get a chance on Saturday, December 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.
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 squads advanced to the state tournament.
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.
Chapmanville coach Samantha Mullins said she is thrilled her team will be back at state.
“It was an amazing feeling to make it to state,” Mullins said. “They’ve worked so hard all year long. They have put in the time and the effort and the dedication. It’s all been there for them. They deserved it and they have worked hard for it.”
Mullins said she expects the competition to be very tough at state.
“Our main goal is for them to go out there and do their very best,” she said.
Mullins said her team has a very good routine which is sure to please the Civic Center crowd.
“It is very exciting,” she said. “It’s non-stop. They start with standing tucks. It’s just amazing to watch. It’s high energy from start to finish.”
Mullins said her cheerleaders have put in long practice hours since August — something a lot of people don’t realize.
“You practice many hours and then when it’s choreography time you spend even more time in the gym,” she said. “You just never know. We don’t want to keep them in there for too long, though, because school is more important. That’s the priority for them. They’ve put in long hours and they are an amazing bunch.”
CRHS has two seniors cheerleaders — Andrea Mullins and Katie Neal — and Mullins said competing in the state tournament will be a good way for them to go out.
“They’ve been an asset to the squad this year. We have a good group all the way around,” she said.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).