CHARLESTON — It was close, real close.
Unlike the account from another published report the Logan High School cheerleading team nearly took the Class AAA state championship on Saturday at the WVSSAC State Cheer Competition at the Charleston Civic Center, finishing less than four points from the eventual state champ Brooke.
Brooke topped Logan by a mere 3.65 points to win the 3A state cheer title, its second in a row and 12th overall. Brooke finished with 347.2 points ahead of second-place Logan which was close behind with 343.55 points.
For Logan it was its second straight Class AAA state runner-up finish. Logan, coached by Michelle Akers, won the state crown in 2009.
Riverside took third in the Class AAA division with 334.75 points, while Lewis County was fourth with 322.05 points. Jefferson was fifth, Wheeling Park sixth, Winfield seventh and George Washington eighth.
Logan’s cheerleaders are assisted by Erica O’Briant.
The future looks bright for the LHS cheerleaders as it will graduate just one senior, Alexis Hicks. Logan’s juniors are: Jessica Haga, Maci Hatcher and Krisa Lamb. The sophomore members are: Taylor Bryant, Lauren McGrew, Jordan Spears, Cheyenne Tomblin and Hannah Vinson. The freshmen are: Myka Adkins, Allysun McCoy, Madison Ray and Janie Walch. The alternate is freshman Hannah Thompson.
In Class A, Tug Valley was crowned state champions. Tug Valley, which dropped down to Single-A status this year, was the Class AA state cheer champs in 2011. Tug Valley also won 2A state titles in 2009 and 2005. The Panthers won easily with 322.1 points, ahead of second-place Tyler Consolidated, which finished with 306.7 points.
Williamstown was third in Class A with 295.45 points. Wheeling Central took fourth with 279.7 points. South Harrison was fifth, Wahama sixth, Moorefield seventh and Fayetteville eighth.
Tug Valley is coached by Tara Ellis and assisted by Kendra Duty. Team members include: Whitney Sturgell; Farren Staten; Shaunda Murphy; Kristin Gillman; Elizabeth Dotson; Kiersten Marcum; Danielle Gillman; Hannah Marcum; Lindsey Horn; Courtney Spaulding; Daran Maynard; Allison Hanshaw; and Skyler Hanshaw. The alternates are Danielle Fitzpatrick, Tori White, Caddisy Runyon and Kathleen Damron.
In the Class AA division, Robert C. Byrd turned in a near flawless performance and won the state title with 348.55 points. East Fairmont was second with 334.55 points, while Mingo Central was third at 280.45. Tolsia, a traditional state cheerleading power, was fourth with 277.25 points. Tolsia, which has won 12 state championships in its history, hasn’t taken a state crown since 2003.
In fifth place was North Marion. Lincoln was sixth, Liberty Raleigh seventh and Independence eighth.
Mingo Central was competing in just its second ever state cheerleading tourney since the formation of the new consolidated school at Newtown.
The Miners are coached by Elizabeth Keatley and assisted by Teresa Cline.
Mingo Central’s cheer roster includes: seniors Norman New and Candace Trent; juniors Makala Caldwell, Shandale Collins, Kennedy Curry, Jimmy Davis, Kim Davis, Whittani Kirk and Paige Tiller; sophomore Natalie Hagy; and freshmen Ashia Cline, Lakin Reed and Katie Toops.
The alternates are Ashton Cline, Kennedy Preece, Kelcie Horner, Brittany Stiltner, Shonta Holbrook and Jadrian Saunders.