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Competition cheerleaders finish second at state tournament
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The Dawson County Competition Cheerleaders pose with their State Runner-Up trophy and medals at the GHSA State Cheerleading Tournament on Nov. 10. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School Competition Cheerleaders traveled to Columbus to compete in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Tournament Nov. 10. The team was the No. 1 seed from region 7-AAA.

After presenting their second near flawless routine in two weeks, the Lady Tigers captured their spot on the podium as the State Runner-Up to cap off an incredible season.

The team scored 101.83, right behind Pierce County, who took the top spot with a score of 103.

Rounding out the top four were Ringgold’s 93.33, good for third place, followed by Jefferson with a score of 86.

“We had the best performance to date. I think we all did it for each other. I’m going to miss everyone next year, but these girls are so talented,” said All-State team member Nicole Mulkey. “They’ll be going for the rings next season.”

Led by a core of seniors Mulkey, Hanna Davenport, Kiara Marshall and Kiki Barker the team battled injuries, technical difficulties and a series of changes to their routine to put together five wins, out of six meets, and capture the 7-AAA regional title on their way to the state finals.

“The past weekend at state still feels like a dream. The whole team pulled together and put out a perfect performance for the very last time,” Barker said. “As a senior, I could not have asked for a better way to end my cheer career.”

Head Coach Kim Fleming said the team’s will to win and the effort they put in was on display all season.

“I have thought of many words to describe this team, but the one that sticks with me and holds true is determined. They never let our goals get out of sight. This group of athletes were truly determined to reach the top.”