By the time Armuchee’s varsity competition cheerleaders stepped off the mat Saturday morning following their routine in Columbus there was a feeling that they had done something special.
A couple of hours later that feeling was confirmed.
Armuchee was awarded a final score of 99.17 and won the Class AA state championship during the GHSA State Cheerleading Championships in Columbus.
The title completes an undefeated season for the squad, which took first in their class at each competition and won the Region 7-AA championship last weekend. Head coach Kelli Stamey said to finish with a state title is a testament to the girls on the team.
“They just put in the hard work all season, and it was the first time we have ever placed first in every competition and then won region and state,” Stamey said. “It is a great group of girls who worked really hard, had a goal and managed to obtain that goal.”
Coosa finished third in the Class AA finals after making it past the state sectionals on Friday. Meanwhile, Cedartown was unable to repeat as Class 4A state champions, finishing second to Chapel Hill. Calhoun competed in the Class 3A finals and also got runner up.
Armuchee received a final score of 99.17 to put the squad ahead of Screven County, which finished with a score of 95.50. Coosa’s score was 95.17.
“We hit a flawless routine. We really couldn’t have done any better,” Stamey said. “We pretty much knew we had it when we came off the floor, and if we didn’t, we knew they gave everything they had. It was good at state to do best we’ve done all year.”
Stamey and her assistant coach Jordan Burkett arrived at Armuchee High School with the rest of the team Saturday evening, where a group of parents, faculty and fans from the Armuchee community gathered to welcome them back.
Saturday marked the second time in four years that Armuchee has won the AA championship. Teams from Region 7-AA and its previous versions have won the state title 11 of the last 13 years.
The five seniors on the team — Laken Burdick, Kelsey Tucker, Kenzie Fisher, Lucy Harris and Ashlynn Sutton — were all on the 2014 Armuchee team that won the program’s first state championship.
“It’s wonderful for them to start their high school career with a state championship win and end it with a state championship win,” Stamey said, adding that their leadership had a lot to do with the team’s success this season.
“Those seniors were very determined, knew what it took to win state and were determined to put in the work to make that happen.”