Byron Nelson Cheer Wins State Championship
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Byron Nelson Cheer Squad Earns First All-Around UIL State Championship
Posted on 01/15/2021
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The Byron Nelson Bobcat varsity cheer squad made school history this week at the UIL State Spirit Championships held at the Fort Worth Convention Center. 

The Bobcats competing among the top teams in the state’s second-largest classification took home first place in all three cheer categories, including 6A Division II UIL Band Chant, Fight Song and All-Around competitions.

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“For months, we have had one goal in mind and that was going out, hitting our routine to the best of our ability and taking home first place,” said Madison Blackmon, a fourth-year cheerleader and senior varsity captain for the Bobcats. “Being able to perform and take home the gold made the whole year worth it and validated our hard work.”

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As Byron Nelson’s assistant coach under Amie Tennyson in 2019, current head coach Bailey Broadstreet has witnessed the program’s advancements first-hand.

“In 2019 we took third in state,” Broadstreet said.  “In 2020, we won second, and this year we completed our countdown and won first in state!  Many of our 13 seniors have been with us since the beginning. Having moved up a place every year, the girls knew what they wanted and were determined to get it.”

Fearing the state competition would be cancelled this year, Broadstreet and the Bobcats decided dedicated preparation was their key to success.

“Nothing is guaranteed during a global pandemic,” Broadstreet said.  “Although there was a chance for our competition to get cancelled, we still practiced every day. We have put so much time and effort into our routines this year and it paid off.  We made history for Bobcat Cheer!”

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A total of 34 teams competed in the 6A Division II preliminary round, with the top 20 teams advancing to the UIL finals.  Finishing with a score of 87.15, the Bobcats secured a first-place finish, edging out Tomball Memorial by just 1.35 points.

“Being able to compete in person made it even better because it gave some sense of normalcy during this unconventional time,” said senior captain Taylor Brooks.  “We are so proud to bring home a state title to Trophy Club!

In her final year as a member of the Bobcat cheer squad, senior varsity captain Carly Ammann now understands each day is a new day to adjust and improve.

Every member of our competition team has learned how to adapt this year and fill multiple roles,” she said.  “Every opportunity given this year has been special. We are very blessed to have been able to compete safely during this crazy time.”

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To view images from the UIL State Spirit Championships, please visit the district’s Flickr gallery