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CCHS Cheerleaders bring home championship

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By Kristin Beck

The Carroll County High School cheerleaders were named JamFest 2012-2013 National Champions.

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“The kids were really excited,” head coach Ashlea Ramsey said, after hearing the news of the championship. “It was unbelievable!”

The competition was held March 22-23 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. It hosted more than 112 teams from across the country.

The Panthers competed in the intermediate co-ed division and were judged both days. Judges score each school based on the following categories: jumps, tumbling, basket tosses, pyramids, dance and cheer.

After day one, Carroll County was in first place; however, the score did not take into account two falls on stunts. Ramsey said she told her team that if they wanted a chance at winning they could not fall the next day.

On day two, the Panthers completed a mistake-free routine, and the two scores were combined to determine a winner.

Athletic Director Paul Stone attended the second day of competition and said the team looked really good. “I was very impressed watching their performance,” he said. “They have really improved from the beginning of the year to now, and all the hard work they put in really paid off.”

Ramsey said she believes this is Carroll County High School’s first national championship. The team put in a lot of hard work all season long and had to overcome some late-season obstacles.

About two weeks before the competition, some members quit the team and others were injured. As a result, the team had to come up with an entirely new routine. “I’m really proud of them,” Ramsey said. “To come together after two weeks and come up with a whole new routine, they did a really good job.”

This is the first season the cheerleading squad competed with boys on the team. Ramsey said there was a male cheerleader eight years ago, but this is the first time the team competed in the co-ed division. She said it is definitely the first time a male has received a cheerleading scholarship, noting that senior Zach Beckham received a scholarship to Union College.

Ramsey said that some of the boys had expressed interest in being on the cheerleading squad. So, the girls took a team vote after football season and decided to hold a male tryout. She said she would like to continue to have boys on the team.

Each student-athlete was awarded national champion jackets and medals, along with a national champion trophy and banner for the high school.

This concludes the cheerleading season.

Tryouts for next year’s squad, Ramsey said, will be held in May.