Competition cheerleaders second in district

Members of the competition cheerleading team proudly show off their second place trophy after the Jefferson District Tournament on Oct. 18. Photo submitted by Tonisha Short.

Members of the competition cheerleading team proudly show off their second place trophy after the Jefferson District Tournament on Oct. 18. Photo submitted by Tonisha Short.

The Louisa County High School competition cheerleading team traveled to Powhatan High School last week for the Jefferson District tournament.

The Lions got things started at the Oct. 18 tournament, performing first of the seven partipating teams.

“The girls wanted to give the crowd a great show and wow the judges,” Louisa head coach Tonisha Short said.

And wow the judges they did.The Lions routine earned them a score of 230, setting the bar high for the other teams. Only the host school scored higher, earning a final score of 232 to win the competition.

“The girls worked extremely hard the days leading up to this particular competition and were able to join together as a team to put out a flawless routine,”  Short said.

Fluvanna’s team placed third with a score of 202, followed by Monticello with 189, Orange with 166 and Charlottesville with 139.

The season has been one of rebuilding for the Lions, who lost eight members of last year’s squad to graduation.

“We are an extremely young team, having three seniors and the remaining girls being freshmen and sophomores, so this season has been one of immense growth,” Short said. “Our motto is, ‘small squad, big results.’ And they did just that!”

With their second place finish, the Lions secured a trip to the Virginia High School League region 4B tournament on Oct. 28 at Caroline High School.

“We have so much talent on this team,” Short said. “Placing in the top two is great momentum as we head into Regionals.”

The regional competition will begin at 10 a.m.