National High School Cheerleading Championship 2018

We were on scene at the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida on February 10-11 to watch over 700 of the top high school JV and Varsity teams duke it out for the coveted white satin National Champion jackets!

The Varsity Coed divisions took the floor to compete in finals on Saturday evening, where Kentucky teams dominated the mat. In the Large Varsity Coed division, Graves County came back from their second-place finish in 2017 to win their seventh national title. In Medium Varsity Coed another Kentucky team, McCracken County High School, earned a second consecutive national title, their third in total.

The Small Varsity Coed division is always a tough one, with either Blackman High School or Sparkman High School placing first every year since 2003. Blackman High School overcame several obstacles throughout the weekend to capture the first place trophy this year. The night before the competition, one of the team’s members suffered a medical emergency that left them unable to perform, and the group had to completely rework their routine just 12 hours before they were set to compete in semi-finals. Despite the obstacles thrown their way, Blackman Varsity was able to fight their way to the top of the division and walk away with their sixth National Championship title (and second consecutive title!)

The all-girl Varsity divisions faced big numbers and fierce competition as they competed in three different rounds throughout the weekend. With prelims and semi-finals taking place on Saturday, the HP Field House was packed for the division finals all day on Sunday.

The Large Varsity divisions took the floor first, alternating between DI and DII. In Large Varsity DII, Bishop McCort took home the gold for the first time since 2015, marking their third Nationals win. In DI, Fishers High School beat out several storied programs to win their program’s first-ever national title, after a seventh place finish at last year’s competition!

The morning sessions wrapped up with the Super Varsity divisions, where in DI Houston High School earned a second consecutive national championship, bringing their total count up to six. In Super Varsity DII, St. Joseph’s Academy took home their first national title ever, with Boaz High School and Liberty Christian High School taking second and third in the division.

After the lunch break, the Medium Varsity teams took the floor in two of the most competitive divisions of the weekend. In Medium Varsity DI, Live Oak High School was determined to take back that national champion spot after a second place finish at last year’s competition. In 2016, Live Oak took home first place titles in Medium Varsity DI and in Super Varsity Game Day, so this year they made it their mission to reclaim the gold! In Medium Varsity DII, Corbin High School came back from a disappointing prelims performance to win the entire division, capturing their second national title in three years.

The largest Varsity divisions, Small Varsity DI and DII, wrapped up the weekend’s events, with finals taking place on Sunday night in the HP Field House. With over 115 teams in the division, even just making it to finals was a tough challenge. Small Varsity DI turned out to be a real shocker, with Corner Canyon High School taking first place. Corner Canyon is a relative newbie to the National High School Cheerleading Championship, coming for only the past 4 years and never placing higher than 17th. But this year a nearly flawless finals routine filled with difficulty and clean technique was enough to beat out all the other competitors in one of the toughest divisions of the weekend. In Small Varsity DII, Pikeville High School was able to successfully defend their National Champion title, despite having only 2 seniors on the team. With such a strong and young team, we are expecting them to put up a fierce fight for a three-peat at next year’s competition!

Congratulations to all of this year’s medalists, as well as all the teams who competed this weekend! View a list of medalists below, and a complete list of results here!

Small Varsity DI

  1. Corner Canyon High School
  2. El Dorado High School
  3. Bethel Park High School

Small Varsity DII

  1. Pikeville High School
  2. Hauppauge High School
  3. St. Catharine High School

Small Varsity Coed

  1. Blackman High School
  2. Sparkman High School
  3. Winter Park High School

Medium Varsity DI

  1. Live Oak High School
  2. Shaler Area High School
  3. Chaparral High School

Medium Varsity DII

  1. Corbin High School
  2. Springfield High School
  3. Greenup County High School

Medium Varsity Coed

  1. McCracken County High School
  2. Archbishop Rummel High School
  3. Fleming Island High School

Large Varsity DI

  1. Fishers High School
  2. Oak Ridge High School
  3. La Serna High School

Large Varsity DII

  1. Bishop McCort High School
  2. Centereach High School
  3. St. Huberts Catholic High School

Large Varsity Coed

  1. Graves County High School
  2. Bartow High School
  3. Dyer County High School

Super Varsity DI

  1. Houston High School
  2. United High School
  3. Cumberland Valley High School

Super Varsity DII

  1. St. Joseph’s Academy
  2. Boaz High School
  3. Liberty Christian High School

Small Junior Varsity

  1. Madison Central High School
  2. Franklin High School
  3. Arlington High School & East Ridge High School (tie)

Large Junior Varsity

  1. St. Huberts Catholic High School
  2. Paul Laurence Dunbar School
  3. Rock Canyon High School

Junior Varsity Coed

  1. Bartow High School
  2. Obion County Central High School
  3. MacArthur High School (TX)

Small Junior High

  1. Eastside Middle School
  2. Edythe J. Hayes Middle School
  3. Ruckel Middle School

Large Junior High

  1. Houston Middle School
  2. Live Oak Junior High
  3. Burlington Township Middle School

Small Varsity Game Day

  1. Briarcrest Christian School
  2. Perrysburg High School
  3. Lansdale Catholic High School

Small Varsity Coed Game Day

  1. Woodford County High School
  2. Castle View High School
  3. Edinburg High School

Medium Varsity Game Day

  1. Alma High School
  2. Lenape Valley High School
  3. East Ridge High School

Medium Varsity Coed Game Day

  1. Archbishop Shaw High School
  2. Davie County High School
  3. Mandeville High School

Large Varsity Game Day

  1. Bloomington Jefferson High School
  2. St. John The Baptist High School
  3. Aloha High School

Large Varsity Coed Game Day

  1. Archbishop Rummel High School
  2. Lewisville High School
  3. Downingtown West High School

Super Varsity Game Day

  1. DeSoto Central High School
  2. Alamo Heights High School
  3. Flower Mound High School

Junior Varsity Game Day

  1. Vestavia Hills High School
  2. Wilson Central High School
  3. Denham Springs Freshman

Junior High Game Day

  1. Spring Station Middle School
  2. Henderson North Middle School
  3. Woodford County Middle School

Small Varsity Non Tumbling Game Day

  1. Woodbury High School
  2. Baylor School
  3. W Morris Mendham High School

Medium Varsity Non Tumbling Game Day

  1. Clearview Regional High School
  2. Minnetonka High School
  3. West Blocton High School

Large Varsity Non Tumbling Game Day

  1. Central High School
  2. Costa Mesa High School
  3. Bay High School

Super Varsity Non Tumbling Game Day

  1. Tuerlings Catholic High School
  2. Loranger High School
  3. Eastside Catholic High School

Varsity Non Building Game Day

  1. Waynesville High School
  2. Walnut Hills High School
  3. Milford High School