Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

State champs!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

After parading through the high school halls, the Cheer and Hornet Muscle UIL coed state champions celebrated in the mall before hundreds of students, teachers, and parents as members of the Marching Green Pride triumphantly played the school and fi ght songs. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle High School Cheer and Hornet Muscle triumphed once again at the UIL Spirit State Championships, further cementing its status as the most decorated coed team in Texas.

Under the direction of Coach Melissa McPherson, Assistant Coach Amanda Cowan and Guest Coach Jessica McPherson, the team was named 2019 UIL Coed State Champions after performing in the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan. 17 – 19.

Azle earned the highest cumulative score of all coed teams from 5A to 6A schools, and the team was also awarded the State Champions Plaque in the crowd leading category.

With this win, Azle High School Cheer and Hornet Muscle have continued an unprecedented winning streak: the team won gold at state in 2016, and silver in 2017 and 2018.

Dedication and countless hours of training allowed the team to earn such high scores, McPherson said.

“They’ve put in a lot of hard work,” McPherson said. “They’ve really pushed themselves to the next level in their skills.

They practice four times a week with me, and many of them travel to Weatherford to do an extra day of practice in stunting classes.

“They’ve pushed themselves so hard, and it shows.

They’re the only coed team in Texas that’s medaled at state four years in a row.”

Next up for Azle High School Cheer and Hornet Muscle is the prestigious National High School Cheerleading Championships at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. From Feb. 8 – 10, and the team will again perform their game day routine.

They will also perform for the first time in the large coed team category, and McPherson anticipates “tough competition.”

“They’ll face a lot of very strong teams there, some of the best in the country,” she said. “We only have 15 days to prepare and be ready for Florida.

“But they’re putting in the work, so I know they’ll be ready for anything.” 

” They’ve pushed themselves so hard, and it shows. They’re the only coed team in Texas that’s medaled at State four years in a row.”

Melissa McPherson, Azle cheer coach

Category: