By MARK MAYNARD The Independent LLOYD It’s not easy to accomplish a first when it comes to Greenup County High School’s nationally acclaimed cheerleading squad.
But on Saturday night, the current squad did just that, winning the first state championship in school history.
Greenup County has 14 national championships and now a state title, too.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association only introduced Competive Cheerleading as a sport three years ago.
While the squad’s main goal is always winning the national championship, winning the state title was extra sweet.
“None of the girls on this squad have won the national championship,” said Candy Berry, in her 38th year of directing Greenup County’s cheerleading squads.
Greenup County used the same routine for the state competition as it will for the national competition in February.
They nailed it, defeating runner-up by seven points — a whopping margin in the cheerleading world — in the medium (16 cheerleaders) division.
Even more impressive was a 24-point victory in the 16th Region competition.