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February 16, 2011

Greenup County cheerleaders win 14th title

LLOYD — Cheerleaders at Greenup County High School have come home from competition as national champions for the 14th year.

The squad competed in the Universal Cheerleading Association’s national competition last week at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., returning home Tuesday with the top prize in their division, which is for large varsity squads.

Candy Berry has coached the Greenup County High School cheerleaders since the 1970s and is considered the winningest coach in high school cheerleading history, according to Scarlet Shoemaker, information officer for the Greenup County school system.

The Universal Cheerleading Association is the oldest organization offering competition opportunities to cheerleaders. It, along with the National Cheerleading Association’s competition, is considered the most prestigious cheerleading competition in the country, Shoemaker said. Assistant coaches are Janet Dillow and Rhonda Poplin and Crystal Sparks. Athletic trainer is Amy Crum.

Members of the squad are: Amber Riffe, Morgan Harris, Mattison Greene, Madi Smith, Alex Lanning, Cassie Holt, Katie Gillum, Casey Meenach, Sara Hardin, Casey Gullett, Megan Smallwood, Haylee Vanhoose, Hillary Johnson, Haley Cooper, Mariah Quillen, Ashley Bates, Carrie Vanhoose, Haley Stang, Allison Rowe, Taylor Goble, Kelsey Queen, Chelsey Poynter and Shay Worthington.

A portion of the Greenup County High School cheerleaders’ winning routine can be seen online at varsity.com.

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