By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
December 17, 2013
CHARLESTON — The Man High School cheerleaders are thrilled with last Friday’s Class A state runner-up finish at the Charleston Civic Center.
Clay-Battelle won the Class A state championship, topping Man by only 3.85 points. Clay-Battelle finished with a 326.6. Man had a 322.75.
The Man cheerleaders are coached by Michelle Grimmett. The assistant coach is Jaclyn Dickerson.
This the first time Man has won in cheerleading at the state level.
Man also beat out Tug Valley, the defending Class A state champions, which were third place.
Grimmett said her team has put in countless hours at practice and that time and dedication has paid off.
“The team practices six days a week and countless hours in hopes of winning the state title this year,” she said. “They began this journey back in August and they worked tirelessly in hopes of winning it all. I’ve never seen a team with this much talent and dedication. We were so close and the eight seniors who will never have another chance were definitely heart-broken.”
Grimmett said Man was proud to take home the state runner-up trophy.
“We lost to Clay-Battelle, a team that has won 10 state titles and also performed very well on Friday,” she said. “Although we didn’t win the crown as we set out to do, we did win the West Virginia State runner-up trophy. I am very proud of that accomplishment. Man has never placed at the state level until now. Next year we will be rebuilding the team, but we hope to be right back at states next year with a winning team and another chance at winning the state title.”
Man team members include: seniors Casey Albright, Cari Blair, Elizabeth Dickerson, Lindsay Eldridge, Kelly Grimmett, Madison Keffer, Kelsie Riley and Jennifer Shull; junior Shantessa May; sophomores Madisyn Lusk and Mitchell Morris; freshmen Kaden Chafin and Sydney Keffer; and alternates Destiny Beckett and Hannah Lester.