Sunday, March 15, 2009

 The North Greenville University cheerleaders, under the direction of first year coach Ms. Jess Coram, finished an outstanding second place overall at the Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA) National Championships Saturday, March 7 at Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC.  

The squad competed in two floor competitions on March 14, and compiled a quality score in the morning team competition.  The total scores of both performances determined the final placement at the conclusion of the competition.  Coach Coram noted that the team did well in the morning phase, but met to smooth out a few bumps in the routine.  She went on to excitedly state that the jitters disappeared in the evening and the Crusaders earned the highest score of the entire competition of all divisions -- a 520 of 600.
Between the team competitions, NGU’s all female stunt team competed against several teams, and they won 2nd place as well.  Members of the stunt team included Tiffany Cromer, Ashley Youngblood, Allison Rochester, Macy Rochester, and Greta Phillips.  Austin Barrett and Macy Rochester also entered a partner stunt competition, and of the eight pairs, they were awarded second place. 
North Greenville proudly hoisted the second place trophy, and when the final point tallies were announced, the team missed out on the title by only a slim margin. 
Team captains for this past year were Tiffany Cromer and Andy Hansen.  Tiffany is a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major and earned four letters at NGU.  Andy is a returning cheerleader and both were the captains for The Crusaders’ competition team.
This year’s squad consisted of 26 cheerleaders, and 25 competed at the CCA Nationals.  Maegan Bearden was injured two days before the event, and was unable to compete.  All NGU cheerleaders cheer for either football or basketball as support cheerleaders and then compete at the end of those seasons. 
Coach Coram also announced that tryouts for the 2009-2010 cheerleading squad will be held March 27th-28th.  Interested students should contact her at 977-1672.  Scholarships are available for several of the open spots on the team.