Buford, AJ cheer squads compete for Class A-AA Lower State title

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Teams seek to earn state cheer berth

By The Staff

Cheer teams at Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools will be bidding to earn a berth to the Class A-AA state cheer competition on Saturday.

Buford High School, the defending Class A-AA Lower State champion, will be defending its title at Lexington High School.

The Jackets’ squad, led by veteran coach Julie Thompson, has done well during its cheer competition this fall, including a first at the Trojan Invitational in Rock Hill earlier this fall.

The BHS squad also had a second at the Bearcat Invitational in Rock Hill and a second in Class A at the Debbie Rogers Cheer Classic at the Colonial Life Center in Columbia.

Buford placed second in the Conference III-A competition.

“This squad has learned what teamwork is about this season,” Thompson said. “We’ve battled through some injuries, but I feel we still have a great deal of potential.”

BHS competes at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday.

A year ago, Buford after winning the Class A-AA Lower State title, placed third in the state.

Andrew Jackson, led by first-year coach Courtney Pardue, has also produced a solid season which includes the Conference IV-AA title which it won at Eau Claire High School in Columbia on Oct. 11.

The Vols’ cheerleaders also placed second at the Lake Murray Classic at Dutch Fork High School.

Andrew Jackson launched its season, winning the spirit award at the annual Founders Kickoff Classic at Indian Land High School on Aug. 22.

AJ is slated to compete at 1:45 p.m. at the Class A-AA Lower State cheer meet in Lexington on Saturday.

The top six squads at the Lower State competition advance to the state competition on Nov. 22 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.

Lancaster didn’t qualify for the Class AAAA state field following the Class AAAA Upper State qualifier on Monday night at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

The Bruins’ squad also hosted the Region IV-AAAA meet on Nov. 5, but LHS didn’t place in the top three.

Lancaster is led by first-year coach Brittany Kennington.

The Class AAAA Upstate qualifiers: Dorman 266, Mauldin 259, Northwestern 257, Boiling Springs 254, Gaffney 245, Wren 244 and Hillcrest 240.

Lancaster, with 209 points, tied for 13th in the 17-team field at the Class AAAA Upper State meet.