Friday, November 16, 2007

Cheerleading finals set for Saturday

From Staff Reports

The fifth annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state invitational cheerleading championships are scheduled for Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh on Saturday.

A record number -- more than 100 -- of teams have registered.

Competition will be held in 10 different categories. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. and competition will begin at 9 a.m.

The Carolina Cup also will be awarded. Cheer Ltd., Inc., one of the NCHSAA's corporate partners that assists with the invitational championship, established the Carolina Cup to recognize annually the top high school varsity cheerleading team in the state.

The team that earns the highest cumulative score among varsity teams during the invitational championship earns the Cup. North Gaston won it last year and Raleigh Sanderson took the Cup in its inaugural year in 2005.

Lake Norman is the only school to have taken top honors in a division in every previous year of the invitational championships.