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Columbus High falls short of nabbing cheerleading title

The Columbus High School competitive cheerleading team was unable to secure a back-to-back state title this year.

The Blue Devils came in second for their division in the Georgia High School Association State Cheerleading Championship, held Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center.

Johns Creek High School came out on top for the Class AAA division with 271 points, seven more points than Columbus High’s score.

Columbus High coach Merrimore McDonald said she couldn’t have asked for more from her team.

“They were flawless,” she said. “We would have loved first (place), but Johns Creek had a great routine.”

In the Class A division, Brookstone School received third place with 220 points. They were edged out by Bremen High School, which came in second with 221 points. Commerce High School took the state title with 242 points.

“We were solid today. Energetic,” said Brookstone coach Nicole Farley. “Hard work pays off.”

Three other local teams performed Saturday but did not make it to the top six in their divisions. Northside came in ninth with 222 points for Class AAA.

Within Class AAAA, Harris County and Hardaway came in ninth and 13th, respectively, out of 16 schools.

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