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Columbus hosts Georgia competition cheer state championships, featuring 4 local teams

Northside’s competition cheer team won the Region 1-AAAA championship Saturday at Colquitt County High School. Team members pictured from left are: front row, Logan Judah, Mady Daniel, Madison Hash, Yasmeen James, Tae Eggleston, Alyssa Wright, Jamia Jones and Reese Parkerson; middle row, Summer Anderson, Abrayla Thomas, Katyah Hall, Daly Hyneman, Gabi Swierczek and Emily Maness; back row, Mya Sago, Baleigh Griggs, Dan’Aja Wright and Ansleigh Gordy. Not pictured are coaches Tamara Garner and Chelsie Rogers.
Northside’s competition cheer team won the Region 1-AAAA championship Saturday at Colquitt County High School. Team members pictured from left are: front row, Logan Judah, Mady Daniel, Madison Hash, Yasmeen James, Tae Eggleston, Alyssa Wright, Jamia Jones and Reese Parkerson; middle row, Summer Anderson, Abrayla Thomas, Katyah Hall, Daly Hyneman, Gabi Swierczek and Emily Maness; back row, Mya Sago, Baleigh Griggs, Dan’Aja Wright and Ansleigh Gordy. Not pictured are coaches Tamara Garner and Chelsie Rogers. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

The Georgia High School Association competition cheerleading state championships return to the Columbus Civic Center this week.

Four local teams will be among more than 150 vying for a state title in Classes 1A through 7A Friday and Saturday.

Northside won the Region 1-AAAA championship Saturday at Colquitt County High School, so the Patriots bypassed Friday’s sectionals and advanced straight to Saturday’s state finals. They are scheduled to perform as the 15th team during Saturday’s morning session, which starts at 9 a.m.

Columbus qualified for the Class AAAA sectionals and will compete Friday to be among the top eight advancing to the finals. The Blue Devils are scheduled to perform as the 63rd team during Friday’s morning session, which starts at 9 a.m.

Harris County in Class AAAAA and Brookstone in Class A are the other local teams competing in Friday’s sectionals. The Tigers are scheduled to perform as the 19th team during Friday’s afternoon session, which starts at 2 p.m. The Cougars are scheduled to perform as the 20th team during Friday’s night session, which starts at 7 p.m.

The second-, third- and fourth-place teams from the eight regions compete during Friday’s sectionals. The top eight sectional teams in each of the seven classifications advance to Saturday’s finals, where they join the eight region winners in each classification.

Tickets are $12 per session, available at the civic center’s box officer or ticketmaster.com. The competition also will be streamed live at nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ghsa, where viewing costs $9.95 for a 30-day all-access pass.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.

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