ELKTON – For the first time in Stuarts Draft competition cheerleading history, the Cougars are heading to states.
After a day of battling it out against 12 of the top teams in the 2A East Regional cheer competition, both Stuarts Draft and Robert E. Lee found themselves in the second round with a chance to snag one of five spots to Richmond.
But while Stuarts Draft made history — placing fifth at the regional level — and advancing to states, Robert E. Lee fell just short of qualifying, placing sixth overall.
Stuarts Draft cheerleaders perform during the second round of the Region 2A East competition cheer championship in Elkton on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
“They did awesome,” Robert E. Lee coach Ginny Prickett said. “First round our biggest thing was to come out with zero deductions and we got it. Second round, we couldn’t fine-tune one more thing because of short turnover. We didn’t get that opportunity, but I think my girls did great.”
As Lee says goodbye to its season, it did have a strong run at regionals. Prickett said that she learned prior to place announcements that her squad placed fourth in the first round; something she said made her immensely proud of her team.
But Draft looks to begin a chapter filled with success for its competition cheer squad.
And under coach Tammy Carter and Brittney Ott it’s possible.
“We’ve told the girls that they are athletes, and as athletes their bodies train for that moment,” Carter said. “I think we just have to try to work to prepare them mentally and emotionally, but no matter what, we made it to the end, and I am so proud.”
With Stuarts Draft heading to states for its first time, it hasn’t all been an easy ride. Like most teams, Stuarts Draft has had a whirlwind of a season, but Ott and Carter said that it was their team’s resilience that’s pushed them this far.
“It’s had its ups and downs for sure, but they’ve pushed through consistently and made progress,” Ott said