When it comes to state cheerleading championships, no team in Broward County has won more than six championships -- except Coral Glades High School.
Having won state titles in 2012-14 and the last three champions, the Jaguars could add to that haul with a win Friday at the Florida High School Athletic Association state cheerleading championships at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Coral Glades High School advanced to the state finals in a win last week in the Region 4 championships that it hosted. They planned to compete at 5:08 p.m.
Former booster club treasurer Alison Madej said the team competed and trained hard.
“They brought a lot of energy,” Madej said. “I am really proud of their performance. I believe they can bring home a fourth championship.”
Joselyn Specht, 18, is one of several seniors with a chance at winning a record fourth straight championship.
“I think we can win it again if we all work together and, put our minds to it, we can accomplish whatever we want,” Specht said. “Because of the time we practice, we work on our details a lot. If we execute and focus on what we have to do, I think we can do it several years in a row.
“I think we are a lot closer this year than last year,” she added. “The difficulty is always different depending on what the judges say or what we want to do.”
Coral Glades won a third straight extra-large division - non-tumbling state title last year with 82 points, while West Broward was a close second at 80.20 points. The team reworked a portion of its routine after taking in judges critiques.
A total of 3,578 cheerleaders from nearly 200 teams, the most ever, competed in the two-day competition last year. Cheer teams in the Small Division have 12 cheerleaders, followed by the Medium (13-16 cheerleaders), Large (17-20 cheerleaders) and Extra Large (21 and up).