The Dawson County High School competitive cheerleading varsity squad began their regional title defense with their first performance of 2019 on Sep. 14 at the Bulldog Classic hosted by North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee. After losing several key members to graduation in June, Head Coach Kim Fleming acknowledged the lack of experience on this year’s team but praised the unit’s hard work and the leadership of the team’s one returning senior.
“The girls have worked extremely hard to be prepared for their first competition,” Fleming said. “Varsity team has one senior, Chloe Harper, and she is a strong leader. She has cheered all four years and knows what it is going to take for us to be successful.”
Any questions that may have lingered around the Lady Tigers were quickly put to rest as they tumbled, jumped, and flew through the air in a flawless routine that garnered the team their first victory of the season, continuing an unbeaten streak that extends into the beginnings of the 2018 season.
The junior varsity Lady Tigers also took part in the competition, executing a flawless routine of their own but they fell just short of victory after tie-breaking rules determined Walnut Grove, from Area 5-A the winner of the JV competition.
According to GHSA scoring guidelines cheerleading squads are rated on everything from uniforms, to personal appearance to the execution of the routine itself and how well it pairs with the music that is selected by the team. Each routine must contain elements of both dance and cheer including tumbling maneuvers, both running and standing, jumps, stunts and pyramid elements. The teams are further graded on the innovation and creativity of the routine.
“Both teams hit zero deduction routines this past weekend, which was our team goal,” Fleming said. “Both teams looked great and have a promising season.”
The season continues on Sep. 28 when the team travels to Mill Creek High School in Hoschton for the Choose Happy Competition.