North Hardin High School
Although it was the only squad in the all-girl medium division (13-16 cheerleaders), Elizabethtown still finished with the highest score across all divisions with a 263.4 out of 300 possible points.
“That was our goal. I said we need to be the highest score. No matter how many teams are against us, we want to shoot for having the highest score,” said Elizabethtown coach Joella Nall.
LaRue County (257.4) won the seven-squad all-girl small division (six-12 cheerleaders) — the only division with more than two entrants.
“We performed OK, not up to our ability or what we’ve already performed at an earlier competition this year,” said LaRue County coach Renee Wright.
North Hardin beat John Hardin, 231.6-223.8, to win the all-girl large division (17-20 cheerleaders).
“We had a little bobble, but they worked really really hard,” said North Hardin co-coach Sheena Breeding. “We’ve had a lot of changes in the routine, but they did a great job.”
John Hardin coach Kelly Hobbs said her squad faced a little adversity heading into the competition.
“We had some unexpected last-minute surprises where we had to make some changes, so in light of that I think they handled themselves well and performed very well,” she said.
Central Hardin (253.5) had the coed B division all to itself. The other two coed teams competing were in the A division, which is for squads with only one-three boys competing.
Central Hardin’s team set up for the competition during the day and three of the boys on the team also play football. They pulled “double duty,” hitting the field for football practice before cheering in the competition.
“They’re tired but they did phenomenal,” said Central Hardin coach Shauna Thompson. “Every competition they make me a little bit more proud of them.”
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