RALEIGH — Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons has been named the winner of the Carolina Cup from the ninth annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state invitational cheerleading championships at the Raleigh Convention Center.
The Carolina Cup goes to the varsity-level team that earns the highest cumulative score in the whole competition, regardless of the division in which it competes. Cheer Ltd., the NCHSAA’s corporate partner that assists with the invitational championship, established the Carolina Cup to recognize annually the top high school varsity cheerleading team in the state.
Cardinal Gibbons recorded a score of 130.75, the highest score in the competition, to win the large varsity division on Saturday night. Gibbons is the first school to win two Carolina Cups, as the Crusader cheerleaders won it in 2007.
Ledford, Raleigh Millbrook, Jamestown Ragsdale, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, North Gaston and Raleigh Sanderson are the previous winners of the Carolina Cup.
Trailing close behind Cardinal Gibbons were East Bend Forbush, which recorded a 128.4 to win the large varsity non tumble division, and Apex Middle Creek, which had 126.95 points in taking top honors in the medium varsity category.