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Defending champs Celebration take seventh in 2A small non-tumbling

The Harmony Longhorns competitive cheerleading squad competed indeed at the FHSAA state championships at the Stephen O’Connell Center in Gainesville, and came home with the Class A Large Varsity team title.

This came after Harmony finished third in the Region 3 competition on Jan. 11 in Plant City.

The team, coached by Danielle Curry and Kristie Rupchand, includes Evan Bass, Lucy Burgess, Ashley Burzotta, Casey Clough, Haley Debrecht, Hannah Debrecht, Delaney Devlin, Madison Ewen, Kalis Flores, Carissa Hall, Avery Heap, Julie Hicks, Kelsey LaMirande, Ashley Martin, Allison McAvoy, Madison McCorkle, Emily McCoy, Hallie McTyre, Ciara Murphy, Reigan Pellegrino and Lanie Yeager.

Harmony cheerleading

The Harmony Longhorns show off their medals from the FHSAA state cheerleading finals Feb. 1. The squad won the Class A Large Varsity team title, the first cheerleading state title in school history.

They were one of three county teams that qualified for the state championship meet. Celebration, the defending champions in the Small Non-Tumbling class, was seventh at state after winning the Region 3 event last month.

In its inaugural year, Tohopekaliga was second place in the Medium Co-Ed category at both the regional and state competitions.

At regionals, Liberty took third and St. Cloud earned fifth in the Medium Non-Tumbling category.

At the Orange Belt Conference Cheer Championships on Jan. 23, Celebration (87.3 points) took the title over Harmony (79.7), St. Cloud (73.6), Tohopekaliga (72.25) and Liberty (65.1).

Ten cheerleaders earned All-County selection honors: Ashley Carpenter and Daniella Donado from Celebration, Madison Ewen and Madison McCorkle from Harmony, Lindsey Keene and Eileen Powers from St. Cloud, Jalena Randall and Majaila Byrdsell from Liberty and Paula Curet and Nori Muniz from Tohopekaliga.