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Competition Cheer Squad Advances To Regionals

The Comets competition cheerleading squad earned a berth in the Northwest Region Cheerleading Championships Wednesday with a second-place showing at the Western Valley District championships at Franklin County High School. Halifax County finished with 235 points for second-place behind Franklin County (258.5), which won the district championship for the sixth year in a row.
GW finished third at the district championships with a score of 162.

The Comets’ competition squad, with 26 athletes under the guidance of coaches Jennifer Crenshaw and Lauren Owen, unveiled its 2009 routine at the district championships, its most ambitious ever, and one that includes a large amount of gymnastics and tumbling.

They turned it up a notch in terms of energy and execution at the districts, Crenshaw and Owen agreed.

“Our girls did really well and performed an excellent routine, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from them,” said Crenshaw.

“Their tumbling was awesome and they did a great job.

“They performed the same routine as at the exhibition but they nailed it at districts, so it was a lot better. The girls were hyped up and had a lot more energy.
“There was nothing else they could have done, and I think they’re ready for regionals.”

“I thought they did an amazing job at districts and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from them as coaches,” explained Owen.

“We pretty much told them we had done everything we could for them and that it was up to them now.

“To give you an idea of how well the girls performed, we had several Franklin County parents and fans come up to us after the competition and tell us how impressed they were with our girls.

“That’s a huge step and it’s never happened before.  I think that made the girls feel really good going into regionals.”

The competition squads are graded on tumbling, dance, choreography, impressions, jumps, motions and energy as a whole, added Crenshaw.

“They’re graded on a lot of different categories and graded on different scales,” she said.

“I think the only thing we may have lacked at districts was tumbling.”

The Northwest Region Cheerleading Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at Freedom High School in Woodbridge.