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Whole lot of cheering going on Saturday at Blue Ridge

By John Clayton, Staff Reporter
Published on Friday, September 21, 2012

Pep levels are expected to be off the charts this Saturday morning when the sixth Tiger Cheer Classic gets under way at Blue Ridge High School.

Seventeen competitive cheer teams and more than 350 cheerleaders are expected to take part in the event hosted by the Blue Ridge High School Competitive Cheerleading squad.

“It is the beginning of our competitive season,” said Blue Ridge Cheerleading Coach Ashley Wardlaw. “This is the first sanctioned competition that’s held close by.

“It’s going to be an exciting day, to say the least.”

The size of the event has more than doubled since its debut six years ago with eight teams competing.

This year, teams will compete in Youth, Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity divisions with different age divisions falling within those categories.

Wardlaw said her squad, which finished sixth in Class AAA last year’s state competition, began practicing during the summer and has regular practices at Rockstar Cheer in Greer to hone it skills.

The Tiger Classic will begin with the first of two sessions at 11:30 a.m., featuring the youth squads. The afternoon division, featuring the other divisions, is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

“There’s going to be lots of fun, lots of stunts, tumbling cheers and dancing and yelling,” Warlaw said.

Tickets are being sold at the door for $5 each.

Here is a list of teams scheduled to compete at Saturday’s Tiger Cheer Classic:

Youth Division

Mini Patriots

Travelers Rest YA Wee Dogs

Blue Ridge YA Tiger Elite

Travelers Rest YA Juniors

Patriot Juniors

Power Community Squad

Middle School Division

Pickens Middle School

Junior Varsity Division

Travelers Rest

Hillcrest

Easley

Varsity Division

Powdersville

Brook Cayce

Travelers Rest

Blue Ridge

Easley

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