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BOONE, N.C. -- Despite losing nine seniors off of last year’s squad, the Carroll County cheerleading program produced another successful showing at the Universal Cheerleaders’ Association cheerleading camp at Appalachian State University in July. With approximately 20 squads from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina in attendance this summer, the Cavalier cheerleaders earned the superior squad award for the 14th time in the team’s 17 years at the camp. The award brings with it the opportunity for Carroll County to perform at the Florida Citrus Bowl during the Christmas Holidays for the ninth time. While in Boone, the Cavaliers earned all Blue Superior ribbons, placed first in camp championship cheer, second in camp championship dance, second in homepom dance in addition to winning the Superior Squad Award. The team also brought home the overall Tradition Trophy. “The Overall Tradition Trophy means more than any other first place trophy because it meant that the staff felt like we had good kids all-around,” said Nicole Lyons, the team’s coach. Four Cavaliers were named all-American, including seniors Brittani Penfield and Brooke Willis, a pair of seniors who will perform in London during the Christmas holidays. Also named all-American were Jenah Dalton, a freshman, and eighth-grader Laken Hodges. Only 25 of the 300 in attendance at the camp earned all-American honors. The Cavalier JV squad also had a good stay in Boone, earning all superior ribbons and the improvement trophy. “These young ladies came to camp with a lot of heart,” said Lyons, who, in her 18th season at Carroll County, is assisted by Meagan Goad. “After losing nine seniors last year, we knew it was going to be tough, but these young ladies saw a goal and worked hard to achieve it. They make me very proud to be their coach. We have great kids in Carroll County and I feel blessed to work with them. We’re more than a team, we’re like a family.”
The Carroll County varsity squad will compete in the Southwest District cheer competition in Tazewell on Oct. 31. The Region IV competition is at Pulaski County High School on Nov. 7. Varsity team members are Ashley Bailey, Hannah Beamer, Tess Dalton, Rose Farris, Eden Hodges, Katrina Kirkman, Jennifer Nester, Lauren Nester, Brittani Penfield, Ginny Reavis, Alex Snow, Danielle Spence, Christy Webb and Brooke Willis.