Parkersburg, W. Va. — For the third time in four years the Tolsia high school cheerleading team is headed to the WVSSAC cheerleading state competition after finishing runner up in regionals this past Saturday at Parkersburg high school.
Bottom L to R Brody James, Kerigan Salmons, Desiree Keene, Sara Doss, Kendall Tucker, Brynn Thompson , Hayley Collie. Top L to R Sara Sturgell, Carissa Grace, Camree Meddings, Haley Fluty, Mika McCormick, Addyson Meadows, Kaylee Johnson. Coaches Trina Fitzpatrick and Sheeree Salmons
Man, who just dropped to single A the past year, brought home the Class A Region 4 title.
The state competition for all three classes will be held Saturday December 12th in the Cam Henderson Center on the campus of Marshall University.
Tolsia lone Senior Cheerleader Kendall Tucker
“… This year has definitely been an emotional roller coaster. Finding out at the beginning of the season that I wouldn’t be able to stunt my last year made me very sad. And then week of the region competition we were orange meaning we would have to get covid tested. I felt very nervous and anxious that we wouldn’t be able to compete if everyone wasn’t negative. Luckily everyone was negative so we did get to compete. I definitely don’t want to graduate and leave such amazing coaches and the best group of girls and boy I could ask for to cheer with!”
“… I definitely felt less stressed with there being no stunting this year but still nervous that there was a possibility that would’ve been my last competition with my team.”
“… After we finished the routine I knew that I and everyone else had hit their tumbling passes. It brought happy tears to me because I was walking off the floor with no regrets. I felt pretty confident that we were making it to state.”
“… I was extremely excited that I had one more opportunity to get a state ring with my teammates!”
“… These next couple weeks before we head to state will definitely be hard. We will basically live in the gym and push to make sure we hit this routine perfect and hopefully get that state ring!”