LaRue County High School cheerleaders ended their season with a sixth-place finish at the state KAPOS (Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors) competition Saturday at Diddle Arena, Bowling Green.
The squad won the 5th Region large varsity division for the second consecutive year to advance to state.
Cheer sponsor Tara Wooden said the squad is “on Cloud 9.”
“The girls did everything we asked them to do,” she said. “They executed their routine and placed sixth out of 15. (One squad did not show up.) Every squad that beat us went to UCA (Universal Cheer Association) high school nationals in Orlando.”
The squad consists of eight middle schoolers, two freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors.
“While we are ecstatic about the present, the future looks good too,” Wooden said.
“This is the best any of my squads have ever done; and the best that they have done since they eliminated boys varsity state and girls varsity state and combined into one event,” she added.
It’s the second highest finish for an LCHS squad. The squad finished third in state in co-ed in 2000 and sixth in 2001.
Paul L. Dunbar won the division, taking fourth at Nationals; Henry Clay was second, taking fifth at Nationals; George Rogers Clark was third, taking third in small school in Nationals; Pleasure Ridge Park was fourth; and Henderson County.
LaRue beat two teams that competed at Nationals – Lexington Catholic and Boone County.