Ready? Best in state compete at FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading Championships
Despite being one of the newest sports of the Florida High School Athletic Association, competitive cheerleading certainly doesn’t lack the any of the luster that the other sports bring. With 180 teams competing from all around the state of Florida this year, there will only be 16 champions. Two-and-a-half minutes is all these teams have to give it all they’ve got, but that’s plenty of time to impress the crowd and the judges.
Who to be on the lookout for:
Team: Indian Rocks Christian (Largo)
Division: Small Varsity
Regional Score: 70.50
Top Finishes: Champions 2011, 2013, 2014
Competition: Indian Rocks Christian has already won three state titles in two different divisions – two in the Medium Varsity division and its latest one in the Small Varsity division. For this team to be a repeat winner again, it’ll have to beat all three teams that it was matched in the finals with last year: Northside Christian (St. Petersburg), Hilliard and Baker County (Glen St. Mary).
Team: Winter Park
Division: Medium Varsity
Regional Score: 89.50
Top Finishes: Champions in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 (5)
Competition: Winter Park has won three straight state titles including two in the Large Varsity division and one after switching to the Medium Varsity division last year. This year the squad will look to continue that streak as it takes on strong opponents in Alonso (Tampa) and Jupiter, who each finished behind Winter Park last year in the finals.
Team: Bishop Moore (Orlando)
Division: Large Varsity
Regional Score: 81.75
Top Finishes: Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Competition: Bishop Moore (Orlando) is used to taking home the hardware – the school has taken a championship home in each of the last six state meets. In fact there has only been one year since competitive cheerleading held its first state championship meet that Bishop Moore hasn’t won, and that was the inaugural competition in 2008. This year Bishop Moore looks to take home a seventh state title, but faces a tough matchup from Creekside (St. Johns) who came in third at last year’s state meet.
Team: St. Brendan (Miami)
Division: Extra Large Varsity
Regional Score: 85.73
Top Finishes: Runner-up 2013, 2014
Competition: St. Brendan (Miami) has been on the cusp of winning its first state title the past two years, could this be the year it finally pulls through? Well the good news is only one of those champions is in this year’s state meet (Providence [Jacksonville]), however, Bartram Trail (St. Johns) looks to be no easy test this year.
Team: West Nassau (Callahan)
Division: Small Non-Tumbling
Regional Score: 84.00
Top Finishes: Champions 2011, 2012, 2013 (3)
Competition: West Nassau was close to winning its fourth straight state title last year, but couldn’t quite come out with the victory. This year the team looks to rebound, but will face a tough challenge in trying to regain that state title from the team that won it last year, The King’s Academy (West Palm Beach).
Team: Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale)
Division: Large Non-Tumbling
Regional Score: 86.75
Top Finishes: Champions 2014
Competition: Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale) won its first state championship last year and will look to defend its title this year. This squad is something special as it outscored the second-highest team in regional competition by 10 points. Nonetheless, it still faces competition from South Walton (Santa Rosa Beach) and Dillard (Fort Lauderdale).
Team: Strawberry Crest (Dover)
Division: Small Coed
Regional Score: 84.50
Top Finishes: Runner-up 2011, 2014
Competition: Strawberry Crest (Dover) finished three points behind last year’s champion Fleming Island (Orange Park), but won’t have to worry about that school this year as it has moved up to the large coed division. Instead, it’ll have to go up against Pasco (Dade City) and Centennial (Port St. Lucie).
Team: Fleming Island (Orange Park)
Division: Large Coed
Regional Score: 85.50
Top Finishes: Champions 2013, 2014
Competition: Fleming Island (Orange Park) comes in as the back-to-back defending champion from the small coed division, but is now taking its talents to the large coed division for the 2015 state meet. In order to claim another state title to its name, this team will have to face off against Ridgeview (Orange Park) and Lake Minneola.