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Comets cheerleaders finish as district runner-up

For the second straight year, the Halifax County High School competition cheerleading squad is the Western Valley District runner-up. Franklin County High School won its eighth straight Western Valley District championship here Wednesday night in the Western Valley District Cheerleading Championships at Halifax County High School.

The Comets, the last of the four district teams to perform during the competition, emerged as the runner-up.

All four of the competing Western Valley District teams including third-place finisher William Fleming High School and fourth-place finisher Patrick Henry High School will advance to the Northwest Region Cheerleading Championships. That competition will be held Nov. 5 at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg.

“The girls gave it their best, and that’s all we can ask of them,” said Comets Assistant Coach Jennifer Whitlow.

“Lauren (Head Coach Lauren Anderson) and I are so proud of what they did, and they should be proud of themselves. I think this is something to build on. Over the past two weeks we have gone through a lot as a squad and we are really proud of the girls.”

One area Whitlow said she felt the Comets fell a little short in was tumbling.

“Franklin County High School always has more tumbling than we do,” she said.

“They had 20 back handsprings and we didn’t. But we have a come long way over the past couple of years.”

The next chore for the Comets cheerleaders is preparing for the Northwest Region competition.

“The schools in Northern Virginia are always amazing,” Whitlow remarked.

“The competition will be tough.”