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SEB cheerleading teams earn first
Middle, high teams win Battle in the Boro
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The Southeast Bulloch Middle School cheerleading team is shown after taking first place in the Battle in the Boro competition. - photo by ROGER ALLEN/special

It was a great weekend for cheerleading at both Southeast Bulloch Middle and Southeast Bulloch High.

Saturday began at the "Battle in the ‘Boro" cheerleading competition for area middle and high school teams held inside the Statesboro High School gymnasium.

SHS cheerleading coaches Melanie Braddy and Ashley Crosby, along with assistant principal Julie Mizell organized the second annual cheerleading competition.

A total of 25 middle and high school teams from around the state came to compete in these two events. The six middle school teams (SEB, Portal, Bacon Co., Swainsboro, Screven Co., and Glennville) competed first in a single class event.

After everyone had competed, it was announced the cheerleaders from Southeast Bulloch Middle had earned the first place trophy. The SEB Middle team is coached by Kristy Strickland and Joy Marsh.

With the afternoon came the high school "Battle in the ‘Boro" Cheerleading Competition. There were a total of 19n schools participating: two Junior Varsity, one Co-Ed, six Class 1-A, eight Class 2-A, one Class 3-A, and one Class 4-A squads competing in the separate divisions.

Statesboro High School's cheerleading team performed in an exhibition but did not compete against the other Class 4-A level because it was the hosting school. Coach Braddy said when a school hosts a competition, it cannot compete for a trophy.

After all the teams had competed, SEB was named winner of the Class 2-A competition, making it a sweep of both competitions for the two SEB schools.

The SEB High School Cheerleading coaches are head coach Meredith Jones (who teaches at Mattie Lively Elementary), along with her assistants, Brandi Huskins (who teaches at Brooklet Elementary) and Ashley McCormick (who teaches at Langston Chapel Elementary.)

SEB High School parents Charles and Cindy Carter's daughter Christen was one of the seniors on the team. Christen said of their performance, "It was probably the cleanest and most exciting routines we've done all year."

Her mom, Cindy, who was the cheerleading coach for the last several years, said "We are so proud of Christen, and can't tell you how hard they've worked for this moment."

Jones was ecstatic about how the girls performed.

"We have seven seniors who have helped all the rest of the girls hit their peak, and we actually got the highest score in this competition that we've received in any of our competitions," she said. "I can't wait for regionals next week, and hope to see everyone there.".

Both the SEB Middle and High School cheerleading teams are competing Saturday in their respective regional championships, with SEB Middle going to Ebenezer in Effingham County and SEB High going to West Laurens in Dublin.


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