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CHEERLEADING: Defending state champs getting off to strong start
The Dawson County competition cheer team competes at the North Forsyth Cheer Classic on Saturday, Sept. 24. - photo by Rio White

Dawson County’s very own state champion competition cheerleading team is off to a successful 2022 season defending that title, winning each of its first three competitions.

Head coach Kim Fleming has high expectations for a team that will be up against many elite schools who are looking to dethrone the Lady Tigers as the best in class 3A. 

Fleming, who has coached her teams to 20 region titles, will need the squad to be at their very best all season after the graduation of All-State cheerleaders Caroline Cranford and Jaida Everett.

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The opening competition at Lambert High School gave a first glimpse of how far the team had progressed over the summer. 

While the varsity team won their competition, the JV squad finished third and would improve at the next competition at North Gwinnett.

At the Bulldog Classic, both squads would win to give notice to rival teams that the Lady Tigers were seeking to be repeat champions.

Perhaps the toughest competition all season came at the most recent meet at North Forsyth, where several 6A and 7A teams were competing.

The JV team secured a third-place finish while the varsity team posted a 92.5 score for another first-place finish.

Dawson County will not have a competition next weekend but will be using that time to solidify their routine for the Tiger Cheer Classic hosted by the Lady Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 8.