Coral Springs High School performs at the State Championships
By: Matt Rothman
After a tremendous season, Coral Springs High School, Coral Glades, and Coral Springs Charter cheerleading teams all had an opportunity to participate in the Florida High School Athletic Association State Championship on Tuesday.
Coral Springs High School: Sixth Place
After winning a District Championship and coming in third in Regionals, Coral Springs High School competed in States at the University of Florida. The Colts competed against 13 schools in the State Semifinals and came in first in the small non-tumbling Division before finishing sixth in the State in the final.
“The girls hit strong in semifinals, and we couldn’t be more proud of their fight this season,” said Head Coach Amanda Mortimer.
The Colts also qualified for Nationals in December after their win at Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) Regional Qualifier in Orlando.
Coral Glades: Third Place
Coral Glades also had a strong season in second place in the extra-large non-tumbling Division during the semifinals before earning third place. The Jaguars previously finished in the top eight in both District and Regionals to make it to the Championship.
Also, Coral Glades had 14 of the 26 cheerleaders take the stage for the first time as Head Coach Alison Madej credits the teams’ physical strength and mental toughness to perform at the highest level.
“There is a huge difference between cheering youth and All-Star cheer and cheering for your high school,” Coach Madej said. “The weight of the school is literally on your shoulders-and these girls held the weight and performed like champions twice.”
Coral Springs Charter: Fourth Place
Coral Springs Charter competed in the varsity finals after qualifying following their second-place performance at Regionals.
Before that, CSC qualified alongside CSHS for Nationals after winning the Universal Cheerleading Association Regional Qualifier.
“Overall, I am incredibly proud of the hard work and perseverance that went into this season, said Head Coach Rachal Garris. “This team responded with grit and determination to each obstacle thrown their way. I know the lessons learned on this journey will benefit them for years to come.”
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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