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Tide cheer place second at region, advance to state
Long County Cheer
Long County High School’s competitive cheerleading squad celebrates its second-place finish at the region meet. Their finish qualified them for the state competition. Photo provided

The Long County Blue Tide competition cheerleading team is heading to the state meet.

On Saturday, November 5, the Tide cheer team competed in the region meet in Morgan County. The team finished second in Region 2-AAA and took home the runner-up trophy.

After performing in the early stages of the morning, they had to wait around until early in the evening to hear their fate for the state meet. Around 6 p.m., the team got word of their placement in the top 16, advancing them to the state meet in Macon.

“We are so excited to represent Long County at the state level,” head coach Kaley Smiley said. “These girls have been so committed and dedicated to this program. They have worked so hard and deserve this opportunity. I am incredibly proud of them and I am so excited to see them take the mat at state this Friday.”

This is the first time the Tide cheerleading team has advanced to the state competition since 2019.

Smiley also said that this could lead to a busy weekend for the team as they are still planning to head to Harlem to cheer on the football team Saturday night. The Tide will perform Friday, November 11 in Macon.

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