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2019 NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational concludes

Dec 26, 2019 09:28AM

The 2019 CHS Varsity Cheer Invitational champions and Coach Wendy Holt. (photos provided)

RALEIGH – The 2019 NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational was held at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 with 133 teams competing across more than a dozen divisions. 

According to a media release from the NCHSAA, each year, the NCHSAA and Varsity Brands present the “Carolina Cup” to the highest scoring squad in the competition, regardless of division. This year the 15th annual Carolina Cup was presented to Davie High School, who scored 87.5 in Medium Division 1 Varsity to win the school’s second Carolina Cup. Their previous Carolina Cup win came in 2017.

For the CHS cheer squads, coach Wendy Holt noted the JV team has won four years in row. The varsity team has won five years in a row. 

Said Holt, “(Our) Varsity struggled with multiple injuries this season. Izzy Wilson had a torn ACL and meniscus, which happened the first week of the season at the Clemson (University) camp. The injury required surgery and she is out of competition for the season but is back cheering on the sidelines. 

“Breanna Carlson suffered a concussion requiring a two-week break. Hallie Holt suffered a knee injury that limited her participation. She was released just days before the championship and the routine was not finalized until the day before competition.”

Coach Holt continued, “This team came together to fill positions and change the routine. Teamwork really pays off. We couldn’t afford for anyone to be benched and everyone gave extra effort to bring this routine together.

“We performed a Zero Deduction routine that was unbeatable by our competition. The girls and the fans knew we had it wrapped up when we exited the stage.”

Holt noted the team beat Randleman by 17.2 points, and our JV team defeated Ledford High School by 2.55 points. The varsity team also scored higher than all the D2 tumble teams at the event.” 

According to results compiled by James Alverson, of the NCHSAA, the stats for the two CHS championship teams were as follows: In the Small JV D2 section, CHS’ JV team finished in the Number One spot with a total of 65.1, for their score, over Number Two Ledford High School, which had a 62.55 score.

In the Small Varsity D2 designation, the Number One CHS varsity team scored a 73.9, over Number Two Randleman’s 57.7 score for the event.