The DeKalb County High School basketball cheerleading squad won the TSSAA State Cheerleading Championship, this past Saturday at MTSU's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro. The State title was the second in three years for the DCHS cheerleaders, who also won the honor in 2005. The local team competed in the non-building portion of the event.
Cheer coach, Walteen Parker, said the squad spent roughly two weeks perfecting their routine for State. "We started preparing for the competition only two weeks ago. We usually start in September; but with conflicts, we were unable to start on it until November 17th. The captains, Lacey Parchman and Amber Evans, were instrumental in motivating and raising the standards of high expectations in winning this championship. I am very proud of their leadership skills. All basketball cheerleaders had to give a 100% at every practice, plus work on the routine at home. I am so very proud of them." Parker said the cheer squad tweaked their routine right up until performance time.
Parker, in her 23rd year as DCHS' basketball cheer coach, was also awarded the 2007 TSSAA Coach's Achievement Award for the State Cheerleading Competition Non-Building Division.
Members of the 2007-08 DCHS Basketball Cheerleading squad include: Senior Captains, Lacey Parchman and Amber Evans; Juniors, Rosemary Apple, Jessica Cook, Alison Curtis, Heather Luna, and Mindy Mofield; Sophomores, Caroline Carter, Kendra Foutch, and Amanda Ours; and Freshmen, Elicia Cantrell, Camry White.