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Competitive cheer team takes second at South Forsyth Classic
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The Dawson County Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders pose with their trophies from the 2018 South Forsyth Cheer Classic. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County Competitive Cheerleading team was back in action at the 2018 South Forsyth Classic hosted by the South Forsyth War Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 20.

An uncharacteristically sloppy routine from the Lady Tigers saw them finish the day in second place and ended their season-long winning streak at four.

The Jefferson County Warriors took advantage of the situation and hoisted their first first-place trophy of the season.

“We had stunting issues in our elite stunt, a mistake in our pyramid and a tumbling bust,” said Head Coach Kim Fleming. “Our scores were definitely lower this week due to errors in the routine.”

With only one competition remaining in the regular season, team leader Kiki Barber, senior, hoped the loss would serve as a rallying point for the team as they prepare for the upcoming regional and state tournaments.

"We went up against some tough competition,” Barber said. “Our performance last Saturday has lit a fire in our eyes and had us want to come back to practice this week and push ourselves even harder to get ready for our last competition before region and state."

The South Forsyth Classic marked the end of the season for the junior varsity team as they wrapped up their year with another first place trophy.

“Our JV team was small but mighty,” Fleming said. “They finished the season with three first place wins and a second place finish.”

The Dawson County Varsity Cheerleaders will finish up their regular season at the War Eagle Classic at Chestatee High School in Gainesville on Saturday, Oct. 27.