Flagler Palm Coast High School took first place Saturday, Jan. 8, in the FHSAA Region 2 championships. Matanzas High School finished second. Both teams will continue to States.
Flagler Palm Coast High School cheerleaders placed first in the Florida High School Athletics Association Region 2 championship, in the small non-tumbling division, held Saturday, Jan. 8, at FPC.
The competition, which hosted 68 teams in eight divisions and more than 1,500 people. Cheerleading has only been an FHSAA sanctioned sport for three years.
FPC competed against five other teams in its division, including Matanzas High School, which took second place.
“We’ve been working on this routine since September and the stunts since May,” FPC coach Stacia Davis said. “We’ve had competition on our mind most of the season. They did a great job, and I’m very proud of that.”
Injuries prompted Matanzas to change its routine several times since Christmas, coach Kellie Doucette said. Yet, the team still pulled off a second-place finish.
“They worked really hard to keep it together — to show their hometown really how good they are,” she said.
Both teams will be continuing on to the State Championships Feb. 5, in Kissimmee.
“I think it was nice for the people in Flagler County to see that cheerleading is a real sport,” Davis said. “Maybe this will bring more interest to the younger girls in Flagler County.”