COLUMBIA – Both Catawba Ridge and Fort Mill competitive cheerleading squads came away with top 10 finishes from the state competitive cheer competition Saturday at Colonial Life Arena.
In the 4A competition, Lucy Beckham won with 288 points and AC Flora was second with 280. Catawba Ridge finished fifth with 258 points, just a half point out of fourth place.
The top five finish was about where Copperheads head coach Kali Snell thought they would be after they finished their routine, which was performed at the end of the 4A competition.
“We have had a lot of challenges this year,” Snell said, who is in her first year as head coach. “I am really proud of the girls. We are still progressing.”
In the 5A competition, Fort Mill came in after finishing tied for sixth last week in the state qualifier.
Fort Mill finished ninth in Saturday’s competition with 279 points, just a half point out of eighth place.
“We had a couple little mistakes this week,” said Fort Mill head coach Jennifer Raine, who is in her second year as head coach. “We are going to keep striving to place in the top five. We are really proud of them.”
Fort Mill did beat out Clover by two points as they were the only other 5A York County school in the competition. Chapin won the 5A state title with 336.5 points over Lexington, who was second with 325 points.
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