The Coral Springs High School girls competitive cheerleading team is hoping to win another state title in Friday’s 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 Springs won the Class 2A state title in the small non-tumbling division in 2015 with 81.75 points and edged three-time defending state champion Coral Glades (80.25) in the process. They also won the small non-tumbling division in 2016.
They finished third in the small non-tumbling division in 2017 and finished fourth in the state semifinals in 2018 and barely missed qualifying for the finals. They rebounded last year, placing third with 77.90 points in the Class 2A small non-tumbling division and are gearing up for the top spot today. The Colts planned to compete at 3:16 p.m.
Coral Springs High School, which finished with the highest score of any team in the Region 4 competition last week at Coral Glades High School with a total of 88.60, advanced straight to the state finals in the small non-tumbling division.
“I think it is really crazy to have all of these great teams from the area and that the girls are blessed with the same passion and work really hard,” said second-year Coral Springs High School coach Amanda Mortimer. “Luckily we are all in different divisions, so there is not a competitive edge this year.
“There are always challenges when you try and mold different girls with different backgrounds into one cohesive group,” she added. “Girls get hurt and have other priorities sometimes, so we are always hitting home that the team is always first.”
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).