Region 3 high school cheer squads representing schools in all three WVSSAC classification levels competed Saturday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
In Class A, the Midland Trail Patriots were victorious with a score of 327.2 points. Fayetteville was runner-up with 297.75 points. Those two teams will advance to the state championship event on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The cheer performance capped off a pretty good weekend for Midland Trail, as the Patriots' victory came the day after the school's football team capped a 10-0 regular season.
"We had a lot of students and families who came to cheer us on at the regional competition and that really made a difference for us," Midland Trail head coach Stephanie Haynes said. "It changed the whole dynamic when we took the floor and our football team along with other students were chanting the same cheers we do for them.
"It gave us that extra boost we needed to perform at the level that we did. The dedication and faithfulness we show our school came full circle and made our victory even sweeter."
Webster County (260.05) followed in third in Class A, and Valley (255.5) placed fourth. Rounding out the single-A field were Summers County (223.5), Montcalm (196.4), Pocahontas County (180.15) and Richwood (147.65).
The Class AA champion was Man (341.35), followed by runner-up Westside (336.35). Oak Hill (334.65) was a close third.
In Class AAA, George Washington (355.1) captured the title. Woodrow Wilson (349.2) was second, and Riverside (326.15) finished third.
"When we started the season in August, I mainly focused our practices on getting ready for our first football game," Haynes said. "In addition to our own cheer competition, we strive to be faithful and committed to school pride and spirit.
"It’s really a balancing act between the two until we play our first game. From the very beginning, I knew this would be a special season for us. I knew I had a lot of talent and a lot of dedication from this team. My goal from the very beginning was to win regionals and we did just that."
In 2011, Midland Trail placed second at the regional tournament. However, Saturday marked the first time in school history the Patriots grabbed the top region prize.
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