The Cartersville competitive cheer team earned the program’s fourth state championship, edging out Denmark by a single point in the Class 4A division, on Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center.
Despite not winning its Region 5-AAAA competition last weekend, the Canes entered the finals with momentum and confidence after finishing first in Friday’s regional event. The regional, which included all qualified teams who didn’t win their region, seemed to provide a boost to Cartersville and helped the Canes to the top spot for the first time since the 2014-15 school year.
The Canes other two titles, according to the GHSA website, came in the 2000-01 and 1994-95 school years.
Cartersville finished Saturday’s competition with a score of 95.33. Denmark was just behind with a 94.33; Mary Persons was third at 91.33; and defending state champion Chapel Hill, which also won Cartersville’s region this year, placed fourth with a score of 88.33.