TCHS Cheer Dawgs’ 3rd place finish at region sends them to state

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Last Saturday at their Cheer Dawg Classic, the Toombs County competition cheerleading team was very excited when the girls found out that they finished third. The theory was if you could do it then you could repeat that performance and place third at region to secure a trip to Columbus for the GHSA State Sectionals. On Saturday in Statesboro that is exactly what the Cheer Dawgs did and on top of that the girls received a score of 244- their highest of the season. In 2013 TCHS tallied 241 points in the Region 2 competition of the Southeast Georgia Regionals held in the TCMS Gym.

The Cheer Dawgs were back at full strength. Emily Banks, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday, had missed two weeks of competition due to a concussion. So, with their senior flyer back, TCHS was able to up the difficulty. “I was very surprised.” junior Bricyn Fitzgerald said. “Our original score value was only to be a 215 and we went in there just pushing for a 215. We haven’t even made a 215 this season. So, when she looked at us and told us that we made a 244, I was like are you reading the wrong score sheet. I was very surprised. But, I was very proud of what we did and the score that we made.”

Last season the Cheer Dawgs didn’t finish in the top four in the very competitive Region 1 AAA which features Pierce County, the 2012 and 2013 AAA state champion. “I can’t even explain how excited and full of joy I was,” Fitzgerald added. “God showed us a lot of grace and mercy this season. Last season we had a rough season. But, this season we came in to it knowing that we were going to be better and that God had a plan for us and he showed us what he can do. So, we are very excited because we get to go to state this year and we didn’t get to state last year.”

Toombs County will compete in the GHSA State Sectionals on Friday in the Columbus Civic Center. If they finish in the top eight they will join the eight region champions in the state finals on Saturday.  The 2010, 2012 and 2013 Toombs County teams all made it to the finals.