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Cheerleaders take second in Sweet Onion

Just one more regular season competition to go before the Region 4AA competition at Putnam County High School on Nov. 4, the SCHS Lady Gamecock competition cheerleaders of Vette Rountree and Mary Helen Harrison took second in Vidalia’s Sweet Onion Competition on Oct. 14.

That final regular season meet will be this Saturday, Oct. 21, at Statesboro High School.

Region 2AA Bacon County edged the Lady Gamecocks for first place from among the seven AA squads competing.

“I still feel like we have the highest degree of difficulty routine that we can put on the mat,” said Rountree, “but in order to get full credit for the routine, it must also be executed well. I feel like Bacon outscored us this weekend on just being ‘clean.’ Their execution scores were probably higher than ours.”

According to Rountree, the squad’s stunts were a little shaky on Saturday and there was a corresponding dip in execution scores. There was a fall on running tumbling, “but we have explained to the girls that these competitions are the ones that we want to practice these skills in; we don’t want to wait until the region or state competition and get a deduction.”

Saturday’s meet is the biggest SCHS participates in during the regular season and there may or may not be any competition in the upcoming region meet (possibly Jefferson County). If for no other reason, the Sweet Onion was important for the cramped space for warm-ups.

The significance of the warm-ups was explained by Rountree, “We choose to go to the Vidalia competition each year because of the chaos of warm-ups; they are much like the state competition,” she said. “Since we have such a young group, we took extra time to prepare them for the warm-up process of Saturday. We want there to be no surprises when we get to state. The girls were a little rattled, but the Gamecock fans cheered and helped them get their confidence back as we came down the stairs to take the mat.”