On Saturday, the Lewis County High School cheerleaders, came in first runner-up at the Region II AA Championship, held at Robert C. Byrd High School, only coming in second to RCB, who have won the Region II champions the previous four years, as well.
Both two teams will now advance to the WVSSAC state cheer championships, to be held on Dec. 8-9, at the Charleston Civic Center.
Lewis competed against Bridgeport, Liberty, Braxton, Roane, Nicholas, Elkins, Clay, Herbert Hoover, Lincoln and RCB.
RCB landed 362.75 points, with Lewis County coming in at 339.6 points, followed by Liberty with 291.85. Lincoln was the fourth-place challenger, followed by Bridgeport in fifth.
Both Lewis and RCB had zero drops in their builds during the routines whereas the other teams that competed had a minimum of at least one drop, or an incomplete build.
Parents and other cheer supporters filled the stands throughout the day, to cheer on the cheerleaders, with chants from their school, as a word of encouragement.
Before the announcement of the winning teams, all the cheerleaders participated in a dance party on the court, which allowed the different squads to interact with each other in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Lewis County Cheer Coach Beth Nichols said that the girls put in a lot of work this year and start practicing before school begins and that their hard work showed in their scores.
The squad will now start prepping for States and the upcoming basketball season.
In anticipation of the regional competition, Lewis County High School hosted Cheer Night.
Seventeen girls on the LCHS squad performed in the gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
LCHS Assistant Coach Catie Nichols said the squad competed at George Washington High School, where they earned first in AA.
“We have a young team, but a very talented and powerful team,” Nichols said. “Our strength in the team is our leadership and teamwork they display.”
In support of LCHS cheerleaders and their accomplishment, Robert L. Bland Middle School cheerleaders also performed at Cheer Night.
“My cheerleaders from Bland came up to support them and give them well wishes,” said RLBMS Head Coach Erin Freeman.
“All the girls but one on the high school team cheered for me at the middle school. It helps the girls see what they have to look forward to, while supporting the cheerleaders in the process.”