FLUVANNA – When Waynesboro’s cheer coach retired, Rebecca Stanley was asked to take over the Waynesboro cheer program or watch it fold.
Her first request as head coach was that her daughter, Lanae Quick, be given the assistant coach position.
“She eats, sleeps and breathes cheerleading,” Stanley said. “I don’t know anyone that would be better in this position than her. It didn’t make sense not to bring her. She’s been doing this her entire life. She’s competed on national teams.”
Stanley’s request paid off.
After months of injuries, practices and competition, Waynesboro took first place in the Conference 29 cheer tournament with 260, the second place score, which came from Broadway, was 244.5.
Waynesboro’s big score was better than their regional competition score from 2014.
With only four schools making it into the second round, Fort Defiance missed it’s opportunity to make it to the regional meet this Saturday when it fell short in the first round with a 176.5.
But while the Indians fell, the Giants made their way into the second round after a solid cheer routine, coupled with impressive stunts — but for Quick and Stanley, it wasn’t enough.
“It takes them a round to really get good,” Quick said. “They’re good in the first round, but they hit the little stuff in the second round.”
Stanley pointed out the differences from first to second round. From pointed toes to better releases, it’s significant enough to give them a first place conference win.
A team known for its dominance in competitive cheer, Waynesboro has made a mark in the Augusta County community as such, and with Quick and Stanley at the helm, there’s no doubt the squad’s prospects look bright.
“The first month (with the team) was tough,” Stanley said. “We screamed, cried, fought through injuries, we did it all.”
Waynesboro’s squad is steeped in veteran cheerleaders, with six seniors and seven juniors making a good bulk of the team, the Little Giants experience gave them an edge to boost them to regionals.