• Dalton’s competitive cheerleading team scored a 260 out of a maximum 300 points to win the Region 7-4A championship, which was held at Dalton High School.
The Lady Catamounts beat River Ridge (235). Northwest competes as a co-ed team this season, Dalton coach Tami Fleming said, and therefore didn’t compete at the region competition. Southeast also didn’t compete.
The scoring at competitive cheerleading events is based on a combination of difficulty and execution.
“You’ll have teams that don’t necessarily have difficult routines but execute them well and end up beating teams with harder-skilled routines,” Fleming said. “We’re really lucky to have all the girls on our teams executing the difficult-skill routines as close to perfect as we can get them.”
She added this was the first competitive cheerleading region championship for the school since 1996. Next up is next weekend’s sectionals and finals competitions at the Columbus Civic Center, and Dalton fastforwards to the finals due to winning the region title. The second- through fourth-place teams in each region compete at Friday’s sectionals, where the top eight in each classification advance to the 16-team finals competition. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“It means a lot for these girls,” Fleming said of the region win. “We’ve made it to state seven years in a row, so this year to win the region is a huge accomplishment.”