RUNNERS-UP

The Jefferson competitive cheerleading team finished second in Class AAA Saturday (Nov. 16), marking the best finish in program history. 

Jefferson coach Christy Potts had a feeling that this season would be a special one. Her cheerleading squad made sure she was right.

After a fourth-place finish in Class AAA in 2018, the cheer Dragons followed that up with a program-best second-place finish Saturday (Nov. 16) in Columbus.

Jefferson totaled 91 points, 6.5 points behind state champion Pierce County. The Dragons finished by a half-point over third-place Dawson County (90.5 points).

Jefferson’s season included a region title.

“This year was amazing,” Potts said. “We only had one loss during the regular season, and that was to Dawson County. We knew at the beginning of the year that we had a chance of doing very well this season. The girls pushed each other to be and do their best, and honestly, this was the first year that we walked off the mat and truly felt that we did everything we could have done.”

Potts added that she is “so proud of this team,” noting obstacles along the way during the season.

“They did everything we asked them to do, and they successfully represented themselves, their parents, their coaches and the entire Jefferson Dragon community,” she said. “We have battled injuries and sickness throughout the season, but they never gave up. We made history this past weekend and that feels amazing. This is the highest finish in program history, but we want more.”

With her team posting back-to-back top-four finishes, Potts pointed to continuity within Jefferson’s program. Potts coaches both the high school and middle school programs and most of the team has been together since sixth grade.

“Our seniors this year have been a part of this program for seven years, and that is what makes us successful,” Potts said. “Having consistency is what helps our program grow. They know the expectations, and they rise to them. This is a special group, and they have set the bar high.”

Potts said the program has state-championship aspirations as it jumps from Class AAA to Class AAAA next year.

“As we move out of AAA and into AAAA, we will have our work cut out for us, but we are already looking ahead to see what we can do next year in order to bring the state championship back to Jefferson,” she said.

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