It was a Midlands sweep at the SCHSL Competitive Cheer state championship in Greenville on Saturday, as Dutch Fork beat River Bluff and Lexington for the Class 4A title, and Chapin took the Class 3A title.
Dutch Fork coach Katie Nunnery’s team delivered a crisp and exciting routine, covering the floor with creative stunts, precisely synchronized tumbling and smooth transitions. The routine earned the Silver Foxes 349 points and the trophy.
The Silver Foxes were runners-up at the Upper State qualifier on Nov. 3 but bettered their score by 26 points with their championship routine to earn the team’s first title since 2003.
In Class 3A, the Chapin Eagles recaptured the title, besting Palmetto to earn the program’s 10th state title.
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The Eagles’ routine featured six stunt groups that moved as one and their kinetic choreography kept the intensity high throughout the routine.
The Eagles, who own the record for most cheer titles, had won five consecutive championships before finishing as runners-up to River Bluff last season. Chapin finished its near-perfect routine with a passionate cheer, “We’re taking it back.”
River Bluff earned 330 points to finish as runner-up in the Class 4A meet this year.
“The medal around our necks is silver and that’s kind of bittersweet, but we’re proud. Right after we finished, I asked if they would change anything, and they said no. And that’s the feeling to remember,” River Bluff coach Koren McManus said. “We challenged them to walk off the mat with no regrets, and they did that.”
Lexington, which had been the defending champion, placed third with 317 points.