The Vidalia Competition Cheer Team took first place in the 20th Annual Cheer Classic held Saturday at Parsons-Reid Gymnasium. Despite being down a flyer, the defending State Champions outscored 5 AA teams to take their 4th Sweet Onion Title in the last five years.
After the trophy presentation, Indian Head Coach Ann Michele Toole gave her team high marks for staying focused, “we have had so many distractions, along with not knowing whether we would be able to compete or not. But our girls stayed focused and persevered through the negative things and really nailed the routine.”
Toole also said the girls were humbled by the opportunity to perform, “the girls realize that the situation that we are in because of COVID is a day to day thing. We don’t know if we will be able to compete or even practice from one day to the next. So they take nothing for granted and are truly grateful for the opportunity to compete.”
After the meet, the Indians, only two seniors, were recognized along with their parents. Ivy Martinez and Chrislyn Kersey both have competed for four years, and Toole says that they have brought both leadership and a lot of talent to the team, “they are great leaders on and off the mat and bring a lot to the table on the score sheet. So we will definitely miss them, but look forward to hopefully having them help us win another championship.”
The Sweet Onion Classic, which is one of the biggest in the state every year, takes hours of work and preparation to get ready for, and Toole said she couldn’t do it without the volunteers, “our cheer parents and other volunteers are absolutely the best! The hours they put in to make this a top-quality event are unreal, and I am forever grateful.
The J.R. Trippe Middle School Chiefs team also placed first yesterday in the Middle School Division and will hit the mats again this Saturday in Alma at the Bacon County Blueberry Classic. Meanwhile, the varsity will next compete on Saturday the 23rd in Lyons at the Cheer Dawg Classic at Toombs County High School. (Pictures by Carroll Williams)