Saturday, October 28th, Worth County hosted the 21st Annual Last Chance Cheer Classic. The highly popular "last competition before regions" brought in amazing talent from 23 teams this year. The morning started with the middle school division taking the mat. Ware Co Middle would hold out to beat Pierce Middle School for first place and Bainbridge took home third place in middle school. Pine Grove Middle took first place in middle school co-ed.
At 11am the gym was cleared and reset for the high school divisions. Competition started strong as three 7A teams would take the mat. Talent was not lacking in this division as Tift, Lowndes and Colquitt each took their turn. Tift would ultimately come out on top by mere tenths of a point to take 1st place in 7A. Valdosta was next up in the 6A division, they also took first. The next big rivalry would be Ware County vs. Thomas County Central in 5A. TCC struggled to hit their stunts and would not be able to overcome an injury on the mat falling to Ware Co who also had a few stunt issues.
A brief intermission was taken while judges swapped sides and the dual was on for single A. Turner Co was first to take the mat, these ladies have come a long way this season after being out for two season in a row, but they were no match for Baconton Charter Blazers that dominated the single A division beating Dooly and Turner. Next up was Westover in 4A and Worth in 3A. Worth had home turf advantage and was looking forward to the infamous rivalry with Crisp. However, Crisp would forfeit at the last minute leaving Worth to dominate with a Raw score of 81.3. The ladies continue to increase their score each week have their sights set on becoming Region Champions next weekend when they finally battle Crisp.
Next up Senior Jaden Clem, Senior Lena Singletary and Freshman Ja Kerria Walker would take on 15 other athletes from Turner, Dooly, Valdosta, Lowndes, Westover and Ware in the Jump Off. Each athlete was asked to put up a series of three jumps. Judges look at form, height and spirit when judging. Seniors Clem and Singletary were asked to do a second series of jumps as judges attempted to narrow the field. Sr Lena Singletary advanced to the final round with athletes from Dooly and Westover. It was not meant to be this week for the Rams as Dooly came out on top in the jump off and Senior Lena Singletary would take second.
Rounding out the day of competition would be the lib off competition. Westover and Lowndes stepped up to take on two groups from Worth. Group 1 would consist of Freshman Ja Kerria Walker, Sophomores's Chloé Cook, Lindsey Eldridge, Grace Palmer and Senior Hannah Cooper. Worth's Group 2 would consist of the undefeated powerhouse seniors Emily Cox, Lena Singletary, Madison Burrell, Jaiden Thompson, and Jaden Clem. At the direction of this years Master of ceremonies Mr John Tibbetts, flyers took their stance and were soon up in the air. Group 1 from Worth was the first to fall with Westover coming down right after. It was Lowndes versus Worth in a showdown. Unfortunately, Worth did not have time to recover their stamina and fell to Lowndes after hitting the four minute mark.
The lady Rams wants to thank everyone who showed up and supported them today at Last Chance. The pumped up crowd and spirit cheerleaders helped these ladies propell to the 4th highest scoring team of the day, beaten out by only the top three teams from 7A by less than 10 points.
Coach Hope Robison Inman stated these ladies left it all on the mat today and she could not be prouder of her team.
The ladies will practice hard this week to prepare for Regions against Crisp County. In the event the Rams take first at Regions, they will take back the Region Champion title and advance Straight to State.
Join us next weekend at Colquitt Co as the competition cheerleaders start their climb to state.
On behalf of Coach Hope, Coach Haley and the WCHS cheer parents we invite everyone to come get loud in the Packer House November 4th.
Congratulations to our girls and coaches! We are so proud of each of you!
Article by Kannetha Clem
Photo by Nancy Burrell