The Sonoraville Lady Phoenix exceeded expectations all season so their performance over the weekend in Columbus came as no surprise. The team got things going on Friday with a fifth-place finish at Class AAA Sectionals to earn a berth into State on Saturday. They then performed an impressive routine for their last one of the season, and it warranted a top-six finish in Class AAA.
“Having your name called to the floor is the best feeling ever,” said Sonoraville coach Ginger Reeves. “The girls have made so many memories and made Sonoraville history. Coach Taylor (Kile) and I are extremely proud of these hard-working ladies. No excuses, no whining and no reason not to do your best. We started with the expectation of being a junior varsity team and build our program back up to where it was in 2012. The girls stepped up and exceeded that expectation. We went varsity and competed twice and then at region. As coaches you want your athletes to feel successful but also push them to the next level, and that is exactly what happened. Taking a chance at state was a decision made to give the Lady Phoenix competition cheerleaders an opportunity to experience what other teams in our area have been experiencing for many years. Hard work definitely paid off, and these ladies stepped up again. Sonoraville’s name being called out was the icing on the cake for our season. This journey was one for the books, and we hope to continue and be stronger next year. It is a blessing to see the girls gather together before every performance and thank Him for giving them this opportunity and chance to show how much they have improved each week. Go Fight Phoenix!”
This year’s team (pictured at State) included: Keslei Craddock, Kailee Bearden, Natalie Knight, Raven Passley, Kelsee Phillips, Hailey Robinson, Kourtney Semon, Mariah Key, Faith Austin, Alea Logan, Kelly Rule, Anna Bramlett, Audrey Carroll, Kirsten Gordon, Ivie Parker and Brianna Towers.