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Cheerleaders earn regional berth / October 30, 2013

The Halifax County High School cheerleading team placed second Saturday in the Piedmont district competion, securing a berth in regional competition.

The Comets have advanced to the 5-A North region cheerleading competition.

“Throughout the week we tweaked the routine to improve our scores. We added a stunt during one of the transitions, added twist cradles to add to the degree of difficulty, and added to the cheer to lengthen the routine time. We also made some changes to clean up the tumble box and encorporate each tumblers best skill. Every stunt hit during the routine, and we were ecstatic. Whereas we improved our scores for stunt technique, execution, and degree of difficulty, this week we didn’t score as well in the motions category,” Comet coach Amanda Cross said.

“Another category that we didn’t score as well in was jumps. Last week the girls were placed in the elite category where they are able to score between 11-15 points for their hurler, toe-touch, pike combination, but this week were questionably placed in the intermediate category with a 10 point max. We had one deduction for an incomplete tumbling pass,” she said.

“I was extremely proud of the girls and their performance. They have become much more confident throughout the last two weeks and are ready to hit the road again to represent HCHS.

“Everyone did an awesome job and we’re excited for placing second. We are looking forward to going to Regionals next Saturday,” captain Meghan Talley said.

“This team always comes out to the mat ready to give it their all. We had one group that hadn’t been hitting very well the day before but when they came to that competition they hit everything and were amazing! I’m so proud of all the girls,” captain Emily Ingram said.
“This week our practices will focus on continuing to perfect our routine. We will be pulling an alternate into the routine this week to replace a senior that will not be able to compete on Saturday. Two stunt groups will be affected by this, and we will also lose a tumbling pass and her standing tumbling at two parts of the routine. Sarah and I still feel confident that everything will come together for Regionals with the new groups. These girls work so hard for 150 seconds on the mat to prove themselves. We’re so excited,” Cross said.

The Region competition will include 12 teams. During the first round all 12 teams will compete. The top six teams from first round will compete in a second round. The final round will determine the champion and seeding for the four teams advancing to the Virginia State Championship.

The 5-A north region competition will be held at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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