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Dawson's state champion cheer team is hungry for more
The DCHS competition cheer team practices its routine in the Ford Phillips Center on Thursday, July 14. - photo by Rio White

Last season, the Dawson County competition cheer team rolled through elite competition en route to the Class 3A State Championship title. This year, head coach Kim Fleming has the team preparing to hold themselves to that standard. 

The first step in that process has been summer practice. 

“We have a really good routine to shoot for this year with lots of creativity and elements,” Fleming said. “We are progressing, so I think it’s as good as it was last year.”

While this year’s squad will not have the benefit of All-State cheerleaders Caroline Cranford and Jaida Everett, a group of six seniors will be leading the team in its state title defense.

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The team will be seeking to defend its state championship title and notch its fifth consecutive region title. - photo by Rio White

One of those seniors is Breeze Motte, who works as a base and has taken on a role as both a leader and teacher of fundamentals for the younger members of the team. 

“The little ones are not as aware [as older players],” Motte said. “Me and the other seniors are helping with certain grips that they have to grab and encouraging them in the best way possible.”

Fleming’s squad initially started on their new routine toward the end of June but have picked up the intensity since coming back from a two-week break. 

By the time August comes around, the team will be practicing every day with the mission of perfecting the routine before the first competition in early September. 

The first of six regular-season meets will be hosted by Lambert on Saturday, Sept. 10. After those meets, the team will be seeking its fifth consecutive region championship and 21st overall under Fleming.