Cheerleaders Win 5th Consecutive State Title
West Palm Beach, Florida, February 3, 2014 – The King’s Academy Competitive Cheerleading team won their fifth consecutive State Championship on Saturday night at the 2014 FHSAA State Championships in Kissimmee. The Lady Lions performed a flawless routine defeating West Nassau, by 5 points in the Class 1A Small Non-Tumbling Division, while beating 25 additional teams to bring home the title.
“This year TKA competed with 12 girls on the floor putting us in a different division for States. We would have to face the defending State Champion and National Runners-up, West Nassau High School (Callahan, FL)” said Varsity Coach Tim Pike. “After the Regional scores were posted, TKA was considered the underdog. Our girls relished that role and had an outstanding week of practice leading up to States. After the semi-finals we were in 1st place by 1.10 (with 1 fall), and we knew that we had to hit our routine to secure the title. Moving into finals with a clean slate, our team drew last to perform, and we were ready. Our athletes hit an incredible routine, and while holding the last move of their finals routine, they knew, the coaches knew and everyone in attendance knew who the State Champions were.”
Varsity Cheerleading Head Coach Jen Allen commented on her appreciation of the school’s support, “from the coaches, to the families, to the alumni, to the athletes, our circle of unity is seamless, creating a legacy that I am beyond proud of! I’m so grateful for all of our supporters far and near.”
“The feeling of hitting and winning was indescribable. I was so happy to win with the amazing 12 girls and coaches that were around me” commented TKA 8th grader, Kaylin Gatchell, the team’s newest member.