Cheerleading Controversy: Were the Canes robbed?

Lee Peters, Writer, Social Media Director

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On Thursday, the 12th of November, the Cartersville High School competition cheer team went to Columbus to participate in the 2015 State Cheerleading competition. Last year the Canes won state, beating out Carrollton to win the title. This year, they were not so fortunate. The final decision put the team in fourth overall, despite a perfect routine. The whole arena was confused, a perfect execution of a difficult routine should put them above fourth, if not in first. 4-1 leading up to state they worked hard to get the routine down, and not once were they called for an illegality.

The illegality wasn’t preformed in the routine, but still deducted 10 points from the overall score. The 10 point deduction made the score a 278, without the deduction the score would have been 288, tying Carrollton for 1st place. (If two teams are tied for first you take all five judges scores and base the teams score off of that. If they would have done this Cartersville would have won with a 282 and Carrollton would have placed second with a 280.)

A suspension roll (a cool little flippy-thing) was the reason for the penalty. The move had been performed all season, never being called once for “not having a spotter” in fact, one of the judges on the panel for state had judged the Canes at region without calling the penalty. Also, if the illegality was legit, it would have been a 40 point deduction, not 10 points. The move was technically performed 4 separate times, when a penalty occurs the stunt group gets the infraction, not the whole team, 4 stunt groups performed the move. Solid evidence that the illegal move was made up to detract points from the Canes.

A case is currently being put together to secure first place, and the state title, for it’s rightful owners, Cartersville High School. The whole school supports the team and their pursuit of justice, a follow up article will be written after the issue is settled.

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