The Lewis County High School cheerleaders, have been working since August to perfect their routines, jumps and tumbling, and the hard work showed as they competed in the WVSSAC AA Cheer Competition, and earned third place. This is the highest ranking that the LCHS cheer squad has achieved in the AA division at states.
The squad started their journey practicing five to six days per week in August, then once school started they would practice during the week, with football games adding extra practice in the fall and basketball games adding practices in the winter months.
The cheerleaders competed in November in Regionals, which they earned second place, only to Robert C. Byrd’s first place title.
The squad then advanced to the State AA Championship this past weekend, held at the Charleston Civic Center, where they competed against 18 other AA squads.
The LCHS cheerleaders earned a total of 316 points, which only separated them from second place by two points. RCB took home first place, while Logan County took runner-up.
The LCHS cheer season is now over, with the exception of basketball games, however, coach Beth Nichols said that she is willing to look for some small competitions, for the girls to compete in to keep their skills honed.
“I think we need to keep competing in the off-season, so that we aren’t resting, this is where I think the other teams may have had a slight advantage,” said Nichols.
“All in all, they [the squad] worked so hard this year. They practice four nights every week starting in August,” said Nichols. “They have a very long season, longer than any other athletes, which most people don’t realize probably. They are a great group of athletes, who have incredible spirit.”