BHS, UCHS cheer teams advance to state

Bradford High School’s competitive cheerleading team: (front, l-r) Skyla Bounocore, Abbigale Moore, Abigail Casey, Sade Peterson, Haydn Sanford, Jakyiah Dean, Kayla Mueller, Jhailaa Coleman, Nivaiah Foster, Lily Mercer (back, l-r) Emma Mueller, Teagan Bradley, Hayden Goodwin, Myia Sanchez, Alexis Berry, Chloe Hales, Kami Crawford, Rose Wilsey and Coach Jenna Hewett.


Telegraph Staff Writer

Bradford and Union County high schools, with fourth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively, both earned the right to advance to the Class 1 A state cheerleading semifinals after their performances at the Jan. 27 Region 1 meet in Port St. Joe.

Both teams compete in the Medium Non-Tumbling division and will compete at state on Saturday, Feb. 3, at R.P. Funding Center in Lakeland. Bradford is scheduled to perform at 1 p.m., while Union is scheduled to perform at 1:24 p.m.

The Tornadoes had a raw score of 66.5 and, factoring in point deductions, a final score of 63.5, which tied them with Interlachen. That placed Bradford behind West Nassau (87.7 raw score, 86.7 final score), Orange Park (67.1, 67.1) and Parker (64.2, 63.7).

Bradford’s raw score was three points higher than Interlachen’s.

A state send-off will be held at the BHS gym on Friday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. This free event is a chance for people to watch the team’s routine.

The Tigers had a raw score of 61.6 and a final score of 56.6.

Placing sixth through ninth ahead of Union were Milton (58.3, 58.3), Newberry (61.6, 58.1), Williston (58.9, 57.9) and Fort White (59.2, 57.2).

Raw scores were used to determine who advanced to state. West Nassau, as the district champ, will automatically be placed in the finals round at state.

Advancing to the semifinal round besides Bradford and Union are Orange Park, Parker, Interlachen, Newberry and 11th-place finisher Rickards (62.4, 56.4).

Union County High School’s cheerleading team: (front, l-r) Aubrie Muse, Jahlivya Woodall, Taleya Smith, Zoe Elixson, Calli Morrow, Ashlyn Thomas, (back, l-r) Kadence Adams, Sydney Box, Taliyah Harper, Aliyah Smith, Bobbie Jo Montford, Eshawna Rollins, Terriana Holton, Brooklyn Bingham and Brittany Stinson. Not pictured: Ava Walker, Head Coach Kristen Adams and assistant coaches Keesha Hankerson, Alexis Thomas and Teyona Paige.