Carrollton cheerleading secures its second straight state title

Photo by Glenn Holmes
Photo by Glenn Holmes

The Carrollton High School cheerleading team won its second consecutive state championship and its seventh state title overall on Saturday at the GHSA State Championships at the Columbus Civic Center.

The Trojans earned their first state title in 2001, just seven years after cheerleading became a sanctioned Georgia High School Associated sport. Carrollton competed as a Class AAA school that year, and eventuyally won four state titles in that classification.

The Trojans won a state championship in Class AAAA in 2015 before moving up to Class AAAAA in 2016 and winning two state titles in that classification.

This year Carrollton went undefeated in the regular season and qualified for state after securing its seventh straight region title last Saturday at the University of West Georgia Coliseum.

"This team went undefeated all year. It is so hard to stay on top knowing all of these other great teams are constantly chasing you for a top finish," head coach Elizabeth Sanders said. "I'm so proud of our girls and their tenacity. It's a great feeling to win back-to-back state championships, but it is a result of so much dedication and hard work from everyone."

Sanders, who was named in 2018 Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association Coach of the Year, graduated from Carrollton in 2008. As a cheerleading athlete, she was a member of the Trojans' state championship team in 2004-05, followed by two runner-up finishes later on in her career. After high school, she went on to win three national championships as a cheerleader for the womens' squad at the University of West Georgia. Saturday's championship marks ehr third as a head coach.

Carrollton cheerleading is now tied with football for the third-most state titles with seven each. Boys' track tops the list with 27 championships, followed by debate with 10.