The Cullman High cheerleading squad was in top form once again on Saturday, clinching its second straight Class 5A state title and its sixth in the past eight years.
The Bearcats competed against 11 other teams at Wallace State Community College and won by a comfortable margin of 31 points over runner-up Boaz.
“We had a huge Cullman crowd there supporting us,” coach K.C. Chamblee said. “It was a very good day and we are fired up about how we did.”
Chamblee described his squad’s performance as “nearly perfect.”
“Our routine scores were some of the highest that we’ve ever had,” he said. “This team was amazing.”
Chamblee credited seniors Natalie Harris, Katie Moss and Jenna Swafford as being solid contributors for the Bearcats this season.
The coach also dedicated not only the state title, but the entire season to Cullman student Andrew Winfrey, who was injured earlier this year in an automobile accident.
“Andrew came out to support us as did about three-quarters of the football team,” he said. “Our entire routine is based on songs about heroes and that’s what Andrew is to us.”
Assistant coach Haley Nix said she couldn’t have been happier for the team.
“I’m super proud of them,” she said. “They put in a lot of long, Saturday morning practices, most of which were at least four hours long, to be able to accomplish this.”
Nix added she’s excited for what the team has in store for the future.
“We are a very young team,” she said. “I see us being really good and getting a whole lot better in the coming years.”
Next up for the Bearcats will be the national competition in Orlando, Fla., which will take place in February.
“We finished in sixth place last year,” Chamblee said. “We are looking forward to getting down there and bringing back a national championship to Cullman.”
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at email@example.com.