Prep sports notebook: Two cheer teams aim to repeat as champs

August 21, 2013 

Cheerleading season is just around the corner in Georgia, and two local teams are looking to repeat as state champions.

Veterans High School took home the GHSA AAAA championship in 2012, and Houston County collected the GHSA AAAAA crown, proving just how strong cheerleading in the area actually is.

“It’s very challenging to repeat, and in cheerleading it’s really hard,” Tiffany Walker, GHSA cheerleading booking coordinator, said. “It’s not impossible, but it depends on how many kids graduated from the 16-member team. There’s so much pressure on the coach and the team that’s competing, because you just have two minutes and thirty seconds to perform. Your routine could be perfect all year but end up getting to state and drop.”

The Houston County school district recently updated its rules structure at the middle school level to conform with GHSA standards, and the result has produced athletes who are more prepared for high school competition.

“In the past Houston County had their own rules, and when those girls got to high school the coaches there had to reteach them because the middle schools were not following true GHSA guidelines,” Walker said. “Now that they are following those guidelines, it’s going to make them even stronger. That certainly helped them last year.”

Parent and community support has been another key factor in the success of Houston County teams.

“The community really supports cheerleading, and they are able to go out and afford the separate choreographer and the separate tumbling coaches,” Walker said. “They also travel all over the state to compete against the best and get better. They don’t just compete locally.”

Weather keeps local football teams on sidelines

Local football teams have had to wait a bit longer to play their preseason scrimmage games due to inclement weather over the past week.

Peach County and Northside’s scrimmage was postponed until Tuesday. The Trojans and Eagles landed a combined nine players on the Telegraph’s Preseason All-Middle Georgia football teams.

Warner Robins also was scheduled to play its scrimmage game on Tuesday against Rutland. The Demons have four Preseason All-Middle Georgia selections, led by senior running back Danny Hite Jr.

Monday’s rescheduled scrimmage between Perry and Houston County was expected to feature a pair of coaches making their debuts on the sidelines for the Panthers and the Bears.

Eric Soliday comes to Perry from Turner County, where he led the Rebels to the playoffs a year ago.

Von Lassiter took the reigns of the Houston County program after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Bleckley County. He was formerly an assistant under Conrad Nix at Northside.

Results of the scrimmages were not available at press time.

Veterans will make the drive to Newnan to square off with the Northgate Vikings on Friday. Coach David Bruce looks to continue the development of a program entering just its fourth season with talented players like Middle Tennessee State commitment and Preseason All-Middle Georgia defensive lineman, Cortez Broughton.

-- Compiled by Ryan Jordan

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