The Rams are headed to the state championship.
Lafayette High School’s competitive cheerleading team took second place at the regional class 4A championships held at Grafton High School in York County on Oct. 20, according to head coach Channing Wynne.
The Rams and the Grafton team will go on to the state championships for a shot at the state title.
Grafton’s squad took first place at the competition and beat the Lafayette team by five points, Wynne said.
While Grafton, the reigning state champions won the competition, Wynne said every team gave it everything they had.
“We were up against some pretty great competition,” Wynne said. “We ended up coming in second place. I believe the athletes did everything they could do.”
Preparations for the regional competition left Wynne more anxious than usual, she said.
The Friday night dress rehearsal is typically a smooth affair, Wynne said, but her team was shaky the night before regionals.
The competition took place in two rounds and Lafayette, Grafton, Warhill High School and Great Bridge High School proceeded to the second round out of the 10 teams at the competition.
Judges did not deduct a single point from any of the second round squads, Wynne said.
A fall during the routine in the first round left Wynne nervous for the second round, she said, but then the team pulled off a performance that will have them compete at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on Nov. 3.
The Rams improved their score by 25 points in the second round, according to Wynne.
Regional competitions are a tricky affair, she said.
Local teams often get to see one another’s routines throughout the season but at regionals, teams from across the district see other school’s routines for the first time.
“It’s going against the unknown when you go against the Great Bridges,” Wynne said. “Number one, it’s tough because you’re going against folks you’ve never seen.”
The last time the Rams made it to the state championships was the 2015-2016 school year.
Wynne said her seniors are looking to claim the state title after missing it as freshmen.
“It was kinda like we got here and we’re here,” she said of the last state championship. “Now we’re going with the intention of bringing home the ring.”
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