Orlando bound: Cordova cheerleaders win state title

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 1/13/19

Cordova High School's varsity cheer team recently added more gold to the school's impressive trophy collection.CHS cheerleaders were named the state's first 4A-5A AHSAA Gameday State Champions on …

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Orlando bound: Cordova cheerleaders win state title

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Cordova High School's varsity cheer team recently added more gold to the school's impressive trophy collection.

CHS cheerleaders were named the state's first 4A-5A AHSAA Gameday State Champions on Dec. 15 in Hanceville.

The team also claimed the Walker County cheer championship and North Alabama Regional Championship this year.

To earn the state title, the team competed against 18 teams from 4A and 5A high schools across the state. Each qualified at the state's first AHSAA Super Regional Qualifier, which made the event in general and the 4A-5A division in particular more competitive than ever, according to varsity cheer coach Crystal Odom.

The team scored 95.4 points out of 100.

Odom said the team motivated themselves this year with a phrase now etched inside their state rings — "If it's a hit, it's a win."

"They’ve been unstoppable this year. This year we just have the perfect combination of talent, work ethic and desire," Odom said. "I believe that the thing that sets them apart from other teams is just sheer determination. They are willing to work until it’s perfect. We set a goal of winning state this year, and we weren’t going to stop until we got there."

The school's last state championship in cheerleading came 20 years ago. CHS cheerleaders won back-to-back 3A state championships in 1998 and 1999.  

The 1999 team became the first from Walker County to attend the Universal Cheerleading Association's National High School Cheerleading Championship, held at Walt Disney World in Orlando in February 2000.

Last year's varsity cheerleaders again made the trip to Walt Disney World for the national championship.

The team is currently preparing for their second UCA national championship, which will be held Feb. 8-10 at the ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex inside Walt Disney World. The cheerleaders are practicing or working out every day that they aren't cheering for the CHS basketball team.

Though the team didn't get the results they wanted last year, they did gain the experience that they hope will take them even farther this year. 

"We are going into Disney this year feeling confident and prepared. We know what to expect and we plan to leave it all on the mats. No matter what happens down there, I could not possibly be more proud of this team and the amazing goals they’ve accomplished this year," Odom said.