After months of long practices, late nights, early mornings and hour after hour of strenuous workouts, the Tyler Consolidated High School Cheerleading squad got their pay day, a top two finish at the West Virginia State Cheerleading Competition, held on Saturday in Charleston.
The Silver Knights performed their routine to the best of their ability, wowed the large crowd on hand, and at the end of the day received the runner-up trophy. First place went to the cheerleaders representing Tug Valley, who won the Class AA competition last year.
"The girls did a fantastic job," said Knight cheerleading coach Stefanie Suter. "Laci and I are so proud of them."
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight cheerleading squad (pictured above), earned state runner-up status on Saturday in Charleston, performing against seven other teams. The Knight squad finished just behind Class A Champions, Tug Valley.
"The girls' confidence definitely showed out on the floor. They had fun and made it look effortless."
Tug Valley and Tyler Consolidated finished ahead of Williamstown, Wheeling Central, Fayetteville, South Harrison, Moorefield and Wahama.
In the Class AA division, Robert C. Byrd High School placed first, followed by East Fairmont; and in the Class AAA division, Brooke High School took the championship with Logan placing as runners-up.
A large contention of Tyler County fans made the trek to Charleston to support the team and made themselves heard throughout the Capital City.
"Our fans were phenomenal," Suter said. "The support from our parents was amazing. It was a very memorable weekend to say the least."
The squad will lose four seniors to graduation in Makayla Clegg, Jessica Fiber, Logann Long and Randy Taylor, but will return a solid group with experience to lead next year's team: Sydney Glover, Jayme Jeffers, Katlyn Seckman, Brooke Keys, Sierra Mace, Laken Miller, Megan Wilson, Alex Bubenchik, Shandi Long and Kali Mead.