GHSA Cheerleading State Championships Saturday Roundup

The GHSA State Cheerleading Championships crowned four state champions Saturday to conclude the celebration of cheerleading’s 30th anniversary as a sanctioned sport at the Macon Centreplex. Class A and Class 5A took the floor first for Session 1 and the championship concluded with Class 7A and the high-flying COED division. Former GHSA Cheerleading Coordinator and State Tournament Director Pam Carter now serves as a liaison to her successor Penny Mitchell and has been instrumental in this growth and has witnessed it first hand as a cheerleading pioneer. He reflected on the tremendous advances he has seen over the years.

“When I won state in 1995, the little pyramid that I won with would probably be in the bottom three scores in the state that year if you look back in time,” Carter explained. “This sport has just developed way beyond what I expected.”

Judges named six teams from the 32-team field to decide the Class A state champions. That group includes defending Class 2A state champion Bleckley County, nine-time state champion Commerce, two-time state champion Pepperell, three-time state champion Armcuhee and top title contenders Lake Oconee Academy and Swainsboro. Ultimately, it was Armcuhee who won the title and the Indians captured their first state title since 2018. Pepperell finished runner-up, Commerce finished third and Bleckley County finished fourth.

Following the conclusion of Class 5A competition, Cartersville, Dalton, Greenbrier, Jefferson, McIntosh and Northgate were the six select teams called back to the court. The championship eventually went to McIntosh, giving the Chiefs their fourth straight championship and eighth title all-time. Cartersville finished runner-up, Northgate was third and Greenbrier took fourth.

The first COED championships were awarded in 2004 and there have been 11 different programs taking championships in subsequent years. Mill Creek and Peachtree Ridge were tied for the most COED titles in state history with three each heading into Saturday and Mill Creek prevailed to take home its fourth all-time title. The Hawks were called to the track with runner-up Chapel Hill, third-place Milton, fourth-place Lakeside-Evans, Union Grove and Milton.

Championship weekend concluded with the crowning of this year’s Class 7A champions. Denmark, Hillgrove, Lambert, North Paulding, Richmond Hill and two-time reigning state champion South Forsyth were called to the court. Hillgrove won fourth, Richmond Hill took third, North Paulding won second and Lambert was crowned state champion, giving the Longhorns their sixth all-time state title and first since 2019. However, South Forysth was unable to defend its state title. , Lambert’s win gives Forsyth County its seventh straight Class 7A championship and ninth in the 10 years Class 7A has existed.

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