HCHS cheerleaders win state competition

Published 10:55 am Saturday, March 10, 2018

From district to region to state, the Harlan County High School cheerleaders grew accustomed to winning championships over the past three weeks.

Harlan County capped the best season in the 10-year history of the program by winning the in-game state championship on Friday in the girls state tournament at Northern Kentucky University.

After winning the overall district competition at Middlesboro and the girls regional competition at Corbin, the HCHS cheerleaders made it to state competition when the girls basketball team won the 13th Region Tournament championship. The Harlan County squad competed against 15 other teams in the state competition and was judged on its performance during the Lady Bears’ game against George Rogers Clark.

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“The girls did a great job at Northern. I couldn’t be prouder of them,” said Anissa Alred, who has been the coach of the program since the school opened in 2008. “From the day that HCHS was formed, girls from all over the county have come together to support our Black Bears. They have taken a lot of pride and had great work ethic when it comes to promoting school spirit. They have worked hard every year and have really been an asset to the Black Bear family.”