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SC State Cheerleading Squad Captures First in the MEAC Co-Ed Cheerleading Division
Published:
4/2/2014 3:35:45 PM


SC State University Co-Ed Cheerleading Squad
 
With just three minutes on the clock, the SC State University co-ed cheerleading squad put their bulldog pride all on the mat, bringing home the first place title of MEAC co-ed division champions. The SC State University cheerleading team competed against seven cheer squads in the MEAC Conference. The squad also took home third in the overall cheerleading competition.

SC State University Co-Ed Cheerleading Squad Rahn Scott, cheerleading coach and former SC State cheerleader, believed the squad was fully prepared for the competition.

“This competition took dedication, determination and each squad member believing in themselves,” said Scott. “This was a very talented group of students this year, and I knew they had what it took to win the competition,” he continued.

To take the top spot the SC State Cheerleading squad committed to early 5:30 a.m. practices in Dukes Gymnasium every Monday through Friday for three consecutive months. While preparing for the competition and developing their own cheerleading routine, the squad researched cheerleading videos and watched videos from international pop star Beyoncé, gathering choreography techniques that would wow the crowd.

Fueled with determination and a desire to win, the squad members knew they had to give it their all. In spite of financial issues, a change in routine and two members sustaining injuries, the squad was ready for the challenge.

Morgan Whetstone, a junior speech pathology and audiology major and third-year cheerleader, wanted the team to win the championship.

“Before we got on the mat, we were crying because we were so excited to get there. We knew that we had come a long way and we were going to do our absolute best,” said Whetstone. “We were excited, nervous and afraid. We practiced day and night to fulfil our dream of winning the championship. That’s what we came to do and we did it,” she continued.

Not only did the SC State Cheerleading squad take home the MEAC co-ed cheerleading title, but Spike, SC State’s mascot was named MEAC Mascot of the Year.

Kedrick Pasley, a sophomore communications major at the university, is the man behind the mask. A dancer since the age of three years old, Pasley has been a member of the co-ed squad for two years.

Pasley was satisfied with the overall experience. “I was humbled. I greatly appreciate all of the satisfaction of doing what I love to do in front of people,” stated Pasley. “My objective was to go on the mat and show the crowd my dance moves,” he continued.

Spike competed against the Savannah State University Tigers, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Rattlers, Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats and the Hampton University Pirates.

George Brisbon, advisor to the SC State University cheerleading squad and the Sapphire Pom Squad, was proud of the squad’s commitment. “I am so proud of the young men and women at SC State. These students don't do this for a scholarship.

They do it for the love of cheering and the university,” he said. "I told them simply just to embrace the moment because there are no guarantees in life, so leave it all out there and just do what you love doing."

Try-outs for the co-ed, women’s and competition squads will be held from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in Dukes Gymnasium located on SC State’s campus.

To learn more about the SC State Cheerleading squad, contact Rahn Scott, cheerleading coach at (803) 664-0477. You may also contact George Brisbon at (803) 536-7247 or via email at gbrisbo1@scsu.edu.
 

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: rachel1982 Submitted: 4/4/2014
Way to go Bulldogs! Another positive image for my favorite HBCU! Keep up the good work!


 
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