RALEIGH— North Gaston took top honors in the large varsity division and also captured the Carolina Cup in the fourth annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state invitational cheerleading championships at Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday.
Cheer Ltd., Inc., one of the NCHSAA’s corporate partners that assists with the invitational championship, established the Carolina Cup to recognize annually the top high school varsity cheerleading team in the state. North Gaston won the Cup for earning the highest cumulative score in the whole competition among varsity teams, regardless of the division in which it competes. Raleigh Sanderson won the Cup a year ago in its inaugural presentation.
Lake Norman became the only four-time winner in the history of the event, winning the small varsity division after taking top honors in the super large varsity division for squads of 22 or more members in every previous NCHSAA invitational.
Matthews David Butler earned the title in the medium varsity division for the third year in a row and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons took the crown in the super varsity division.
In coed competition, Overhills was the small varsity division champion and Eden Morehead won the large varsity division.
Charlotte Olympic won the small varsity division and Elizabeth City Northeastern won the large varsity award in non-tumble competition.
Fuquay-Varina was the small junior varsity division champion and Lake Norman got the large JV award.
A record number of almost 100 teams participated in the event.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
4th annual Invitational Cheerleading Championship
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh
Small junior varsity (5 to 15 members)
1st runner-up— Fayetteville Pine Forest 240
2nd runner-up— North Johnston 235
3rd runner-up— SouthWest Edgecombe 234
4th runner-up— Overhills 233
Large junior varsity (16 and up)
Champion—Lake Norman 254
1st runner-up—Matthews David Butler 243
2nd runner-up—Currituck 240
3rd runner-up—Southern Wayne 237
Small varsity non-tumble (19 and fewer)
Champion—Charlotte Olympic 238
1st runner-up – Ashe County 232
2nd runner-up—Pamlico 229
3rd runner-up—Wilson Fike 224
Large varsity non-tumble (20 and up)
champion—Elizabeth City Northeastern 254
1st runner-up—Seven Springs Spring Creek 245
2nd runner-up—Thomasville 235
Small varsity (5 to 12 members)
champion— Lake Norman 248
1st runner-up— Franklinton 216
2nd runner-up— Havelock 215
Medium varsity (13 to 16 members)
champion—Matthews David Butler 253
1st runner-up—Charlotte Providence 251
2nd runner-up—Charlotte Myers Park 237
3rd runner-up—Sun Valley 237
4th runner-up—Wilson Hunt 234
5th runner-up— Monroe Piedmont 233
6th runner-up— East Bend Forbush 231
Large varsity (17 to19 members)
champion— North Gaston 270
1st runner-up— Currituck 258
2nd runner-up— North Buncombe 237
Super varsity (20 to 21 members)
champion— Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 258
1st runner-up— Davie 254
2nd runner-up— SouthWest Edgecombe 245
Super large varsity (22-plus members)
champion— Jamestown Ragsdale 252
1st runner-up— Chapel Hill 235
2nd runner-up— Gastonia Ashbrook 227
Small varsity coed (2 to 4 males)
champion— Overhills 255
1st runner-up— Weddington 245
2nd runner-up—Lumberton Purnell Swett 233
Large varsity coed (five or more males)
champion— Eden Morehead 231
1st runner-up– Fairmont 230