Chapin, Lexington bring home state cheerleading championships
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It was clear Saturday that the best high school cheerleaders in South Carolina in 2015 live in Lexington County.
Chapin High School won the South Carolina High School League’s AAA Competitive Cheer state championship Saturday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena, and just a few hours later Lexington High School took the AAAA title.
Chapin’s second straight title was the 11th overall for the Eagles, and Lexington’s win made it two championships in three years for the Wildcats.
Dutch Fork finished second in the AAAA competition despite a fall by one of the squad during a stunt in their routine. That decision by the judges sparked some controversy in the arena and on social media. See how some fans reacted here.
Chapin and Lexington had strong cheering sections in the stands, with well over 100 fellow students, friends and family coming out to support each team.
“We have great school spirit,” said Lexington Coach Shannon Canady. “It really makes a difference when our girls see our fans up in the stands cheering them on.”
“This is a feeling that we experienced one time before, and it was good to be back here on the floor, so I’m thrilled,” Canady added. “This week has been exhausting but it’s been exhilarating.”
Wildcats team captain Peri Jayne Skipper was overcome by the feeling.
“I’m out of words right now,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
“Amazing” was also the word Skipper’s Chapin counterpart, Eagles’ captain McKinley Odom, chose to describe her team’s win.
“It feels amazing,” she said. “There is no better feeling than after all the hard work, your team putting it all on the mat.”
Chapin Coach Vicki Williams said her team worked as hard as any coach could hope.
“We’ve practiced seven days a week since the beginning of October,” she said. “They wanted it really bad.”
Eight squads from Lexington County and Richland County schools competed Saturday. All eight are featured in the following video.