By JESSICA MCCOY

For the first time in Boone history the varsity cheerleading team are state champions.

“I think this team had heart and character, and they wanted it, so they went out and got it,” coach Cindy Hutsell said.

The girls won second place at the metro cheer championships at Dr. Phillips High
School on Jan. 15, and then continued on to states to win first place Feb. 4-5, at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

Coach Hutsell feels this is a particularly athletic team and has their strength in stunting. They have had the benefit of athleticism and a good work effort, which pushed them to win at states.

“I think what pushed them was their actual performance. They were not just getting through it. They were having a great time putting on a show, and I think that really connected with the judges,” Hutsell said.

Former student and cheerleader Sandy Long collaborated with the team to choreograph the routine.

“I believe it is better when the girls own it,” Hutsell said.

The girls dropped stunts twice in their routine but pulled through in the end to win states.

“I think what pushed them was their actual performance. They were not just getting through it, they were having a great time and putting on a show. I think that really connected with the judges,” Hutsee said.

The team is now taking some time off but was offered the chance to perform March 22, in the University of Central Florida’s cheer for charity.

“They are one of the best teams I have ever coached. They’re not only talented but they are very kind and competitive girls. You cant teach heart and character, but they brought that to the table,” Hutsell said.

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