Cheer Dawg Classic is a hit at TCHS


Since they weren’t competing for a trophy, in the AAA divison, at the first Cheer Dawg Classic staged in the new Toombs County High School Gym, the Cheer Dawgs goal was to perform well and score high in their final regular season event before Region 1 competition in Statesboro on November 7th and they did. The girls scored high enough to finish third behind first place Pierce County and second place Southeast Bullcoh. Dodge County was awarded the third place trophy. Brantley County and Tattnall County also competed in the Triple A division.


“Today was very stressful, we got here bright and early and we have been here all day to compete last, ” Shanne Fitzgerald said. “We went out there and did the best we could do and all we have to do is fix our little clicks and work them out.” This was the Cheer Dawgs first home event since 2013 and Fitzgerald says the girls were really hyped to be competing on a brand new mat in their new gym. “My nerves and everybody else’s nerves were sky high. We were trying to calm each other down and the adrenaline was above the clouds.”

The Cheer Dawgs have only two seniors on the team, Ashlee Beverly and Emily Banks and Banks, a flyer, did not compete for the second week due to an injury. Emily Conner, who joined the team during the season, replaced Banks for the second straight competition. “It was a really big change,” Conner said. “I have always based and back spot and I got thrown in at the last minute to fly and there were a lot of nerves, especially replacing Emily Banks. She is a pretty well known flyer, she is amazing. So, there was a lot of pressure on me. But, I think we did really good for the changes we made.”

Middle school.

Small school:
1. Pierce
2. Bleckley

(also: Toombs, JR Trippe, Jeff Davis, East Laurens, Screven County, TJ Elder)

Large school:
1. South Effingham
2. Ebenezer
(also: Ware County, West Laurens, Waycross, Richmond Hill)

High school session 1

JV 1. Richmond Hill (also Swainsboro)

AA: 1. Metter
2. Bleckley
3. Vidalia
(also: East Laurens, Washington-Wilkes, Pinewood Christian, Swainsboro, Jeff Davis.)

AAAAA: 1. Houston County
2. Ware County

(also: Richmond Hill and South Effingham)