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Choctaw Cheerleaders win regional title, advance to State this weekend

The Choctawhatchee High School co-ed cheerleading team won first place at the Florida High School Athletic Association’s regional competition last Friday, securing a spot in this week’s state championship. Coached by […]

The Choctawhatchee High School co-ed cheerleading team won first place at the Florida High School Athletic Association’s regional competition last Friday, securing a spot in this week’s state championship.

  • The victory means the Indians advance directly to the finals Friday in Lakeland without having to compete in the semifinals.

Coached by alumni Kerri Kriech and Kristen Davis, the squad bested teams from Middleburg, Fort Walton Beach, St. Augustine and Port St. Joe to claim the regional title. Choctawhatchee practices five days a week for several hours each day.

Sophomore team member Tamya Bledsoe said the regional win was the culmination of injuries, division changes and hard work to refine their routine.

“We’ve worked day and night trying to perfect a routine that will allow us to come out on top for the second year in a row!” Bledsoe said. “We have a work ethic and bond like no other. We continuously put our blood, sweat, and tears into every practice we have, including all the laughs and jokes we share! With that being said I am ready to head to the State Championship with the mindset, hunger, and determination of being the best.”

In December, the team won first place at the Universal Cheerleaders Association regional competition in Hammond, Louisiana.

  • On Wednesday night, supporters packed the gym at Pryor Middle School as the cheerleaders gave a final home performance before departing Thursday for the state championship in Lakeland.

Following FHSAA State Competition this week, Choctaw Cheer will compete at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship, February 9-12, 2024, at Walt Disney World Resort. 

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