- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
It was time for a little payback at the Northwest Regional Competition Cheerleading championships last Saturday, with the Comets competition squad getting the best of Franklin County after finishing second to the Eagles in the district championships the week before.
Halifax County finished 13th at the regionals, one spot ahead of Franklin County.
Competition coaches Jennifer Crenshaw and Lauren Owen said that months of practice, hard work and dedication were rewarded at the regionals.
“We did what we came here to do and that was to beat Franklin County,” said Crenshaw. “I am very proud of the girls and all they have accomplished this year.
They have put in many long hours to get where they are and I’m proud to say that they put on a phenomenal show.
“We have built this program up so much and I can only see it getting much better.”
Stormi Woltz, a junior member of the squad, agreed, saying the regionals went extremely well.
“We did exactly what we went to do. Beating Franklin County felt like we won first place, and we showed them that this was really our year to shine,” Woltz said.
Two seniors, Sarah Collie and Megan Owen, said their final competition couldn’t have gone any better.
“Regionals went really well,” Collie noted. “When we got on the bus and our coaches told us we beat Franklin County I screamed and cried with excitement.
Beating them my senior year is the best feeling in the world, and it meant a lot.”
“I feel that regionals were a huge success for us,” said Owen.
“We’d just come off a disappointing second-place finish at districts despite the amazing routine we performed.
“We went to regionals with the goal of placing ahead of Franklin County and we achieved just that. This team has worked so hard this season and it couldn’t have ended in a better way, especially for my senior year.”
Another senior, Grace Gillis, added that attending the regionals is always an awesome experience, and was especially so this year.
“Interacting with the other teams allows our squad to strive for higher goals and show great sportsmanship as well,” she said.
Lauren Owen pointed out that the squad came together and accomplished their goals as a team this year.
“I’m extremely proud of this squad, and this is a huge confidence boost as we look into the future for our cheerleading program at Halifax.
“Each year we get better and better and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these girls.”
The competition squad graduates eight seniors, including Fallon Farmer, Morgan Farley, Gillis, Megan Owen, Tiffany Green, Blair Jeffress, Collie and Caitlyn Whitlow.
The squad returns 20 underclassmen for next season, including current juniors Kelly Hudson, Brittany Long, Stormi Woltz, Lauren Hughes, Jenna Elliott and Ariel White.
Sophomore members of the squad include Sami Starke, Kataijah Rogers, Shakayla Brown, Mallory Shealy, Katie Nichols and Kristen Lowery.
Six freshmen rounded out the squad this season, including Megan Comer, Kelsey Baker, Kendra Fikes, Michaela Brandon, Victoria Evans and Katie Wooding.