Grundy County High School cheerleaders competed in the U.S. Finals on Saturday, April 11, in Pensacola, FL. Going into the competition, the team was ranked number one in the nation in their division – Intermediate Junior/Girls Varsity. Their winning performance on Saturday puts them in the running for national ranking status with the possibility of competing for a number one ranking.
Minutes prior to the team taking the stage on Saturday, cheerleader Marcy McDaniel injured her knee and was taken to the ER. The GCHS cheerleaders were forced to change their entire routine in 18 minutes in order to retain their eligibility and receive a decent score.
Coach Teresa Fann says Mykenzi Eldridge stepped up to base a position she had never attempted in practices leading up to the competition.
“These girls have endured a lot of changes, and have had this routine for a little over a month,” stated Coach Teresa Fann. “I have to say, this is probably one of the best groups of athletes I have coached in my 17 years of coaching.
“Injuries do happen,” continued Fann. “These girls saw the injury and felt the pain for Marcy. It shook them up prior to competing, but they pulled it off and received a great score. My love for these girls goes beyond the sidelines. I am proud to say these are my girls. They are true athletes