Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Butler Cheerleaders win fourth straight state title

From staff reports

Butler High School is celebrating a four-peat this week. The varsity cheerleaders won their division at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh Nov. 17.

The 16-member squad placed first in the medium varsity division for the fourth year in a row. The team also earned the second-highest overall score of the day. More than 100 squads participated in several categories.In addition to cheering at football games, they practice at least three days a week for two-and-a-half hours.

"We focus on perfecting every second in the two-and-a-half minute routine," said coach Kimberly Warr. "We also know what our strengths and weaknesses are, so we highlight the strengths and downplay our weaknesses."

The squad has one sophomore, eight juniors and seven seniors. Nicole Savage is the captain and Melissa Ratzlaff is the co-captain.

C.C. Reynolds is the assistant coach and Levi Brown has choreographed their routines for four years.Myers Park, East Mecklenburg and Hopewell High schools also competed in the medium varsity division and Hopewell took third place.