PREP CHEERLEADING: Good Hope, Cullman cheer squads shine at UCA National Championships

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Cullman High School (top) placed 10th in game day division and third in the worlds competition while Good Hope High School (bottom) collected a fourth-place finish in the game day division. (Photos courtesy of Erica Ball and Sydney Chappell)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two local schools were represented at this year’s UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort and both of them are coming home with some bragging rights. The Cullman Bearcats collected a 10th place finish in the Game Day division and their Traditional team captured third in the worlds competition while the Good Hope Raiders placed fourth in the Game Day division.

Raiders Head Coach Sydney Chappell is proud of the way her team performed over the weekend and has seen them develop into a very competitive squad throughout the year. She’s excited about the direction of the program and is already looking forward to competing again next season.

“I’m so proud of this team, how hard they’ve worked and how far they’ve come this season. I’ve gotten to watch these athletes and this program go from being new, to competing, to being fourth in the nation in just two years,” Chappell said. “Orlando Nationals was an awesome experience and we can’t wait to get back.”

Bearcats Head Coach Erica Ball talked about her squad’s performance throughout the weekend and the impressive finishes they were able to put together, starting with the Game Day competition.

“I am so proud of Cullman Cheer! This is only our second year to compete in the Game Day division and these girls were able to climb to 10th in the nation this year in the Super Large Varsity Division II category. Game Day competition mimics what you would see on the sideline at games and is a division that is rapidly growing. Cullman’s Game Day team put their very best routine to date on the floor and looked great.”

Cullman also stood out in the Traditional competition, collecting a third-place finish after a zero-deduction routine.

“Our Traditional team was invited to compete in the 2020 World School Championship. This is an invitation only competition for the previous year’s top ten finishers in each division. Cullman Cheer put a zero-deduction routine on the floor and won third place in Worlds,” Ball said. “These girls have spent a great deal of time working towards this, overcame much adversity, and were able to finish strong. My coaching staff and myself are so proud of these girls and all they have been able to accomplish! In addition to our talented girls, we have supportive parents that help make this possible and we just feel so blessed to serve in this role.”

Good Hope High School Cheerleading

Destiny Powe

Savanna Derrick

Bella Davis

Callie Shelton

Paris Stricklin

Allie Sartin

Raven Adams

Zoe Vincent

Kayla Quick

Audri Patrick

Ashlin Hamm

Madison Lee

Bryce Williams (Mascot)

Sydney Chappell (Coach)

Brandy Lowe (Coach)

Cullman High School Cheerleading

Ashton Story

Lindsey Skinner

Sydney Ratliff

Carlie Fuller

Sophie Harrison

Lindsey Lowery

Karli McGehee

Emily Klair Brown

Ellie Jones

Autumn Calvert

Lauren Sumrall

Bailey Battles

Emily Newman

Lilly Rutherford

Katelynn Kress

Averi Wallace

Adyson Bauer

Krislyn Scroggins

Elizabeth Baughn

Amberly Brown

Lexi Sumrall

Maddie Witcher

Chloe Echols

Emma Speakman

Jacey Mickle

Kathryn Dueland

Erica Ball (Coach)

Amy Kinney (Coach)

Lacy Stancil (Coach)

Josh Stancil (Coach)

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