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Barnwell cheerleaders go back-to-back game day state titles

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – Any time you win a state title, after the celebrations have ended, thoughts can drift towards the opportunity to repeat, however, it is often said that it is harder to repeat than to win the first title. As January 25th of 2020 approached the Barnwell Gameday cheer squad was working hard to put together another winning routine.

“Winning a state championship was a dream come true. But with that came the fact that we knew that we were the target going into the season. For that reason, we had to raise the bar,” said head coach Amy Williams. “We chose songs and filled the routine with exciting elements that we suspected would get the judges' attention.”

Coach Williams continued, “so when we were called as the 1A-2A State Champions this year, it was a sigh of relief that all the work we had put into it didn't go unnoticed. We worked hard to regain the title and there's no greater feeling than to see it come full circle and end victoriously.”

The Lady Warhorses scored a total of 97 points to win the AA/A championship which was 8.5 points better than second place Abbeville and their score was the second highest among all schools with only AAA Seneca scoring higher with a 98.5 to win the AAA title.

The 16 girls that brought home the gold medal are seniors Jireh Baines, Grace Lynn Gleaton, Eriana Greene, Alee Hooper, Makenzi Kuglar, Kenzie Parler and Saylor Zamora,

juniors Tori Boyles, Skyler Hamel, Cameron Porter and Makenzie Williams, sophomores

Mackayla Caudill, Sydney Corley and Kayson Holden and freshmen Reid Barker and Jayla Neal.

Seniors Kenzie Parler, Eriana Greene, Saylor Zamora, Jireh Baines, Gracie Gleaton, juniors Makenzie Williams, Cameron Porter, Tori Boyles, Skyler Hamel and sophomores Sydney Corley, Mackayla Caudill were all on last year’s state championship team.

Looking into what it takes to be a gameday cheerleader you see how committed they are to each other as they not only practice their routines but like other sports, they watch film to get better.

“We practice 1 day a week for 3 hours at the beginning of the season, which includes strength and cardio training and routine work. As the event gets closer, we practice 2 days a week for a total of 5 hours and focus primarily on the routine. The routine is videoed throughout practice and then sent in the squad group chat in order to review what parts are not up to par. The girls are expected to independently practice and review skills at home throughout the week. I refer to this as "mirror work". This type of practice allows the girls to see for themselves if they are lacking in any areas,” coach Williams said.

The Lady Warhorses will now turn their attention towards a possible three-peat and knowing coach Williams she is already working on a new and better routine with an eye towards getting the overall point title next season.


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