El Dorado cheerleaders place fourth in nationals

El Dorado's cheerleaders finished fourth Monday in the National High School Cheer Championships at Disney World in Orlando.
El Dorado's cheerleaders finished fourth Monday in the National High School Cheer Championships at Disney World in Orlando.

ORLANDO - El Dorado cheer recorded its highest score of the season Monday and finished fourth at the National High School Cheer Championships, held at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World.

El Dorado, competing in the Varsity Co-ed Non Tumbling Division II Game Day Division, had a zero deduction performance and scored 96.0 in the finals on Monday, finishing behind Pearl River Central (97.9), Alma (97.0) and Neville (96.9) and ahead of Satsuma (93.1), Ozark (90.7), Madison County (88.9), Central Lafourche (88.8), Sheffield (88.6) and Pass Christian (86.6).

“I’m super proud of this team,” said El Dorado coach Tab Bledsoe. “To have so many that had never competed at this level to do so well is major. Day one nerves got to them with it being the first time on a national stage so it wasn’t our best performance with a drop and a deduction but they put the work in and really came back hard in finals. I couldn’t have asked for a better finals run and after that it’s out of our hands. (96) is the highest score we’ve received all season so it’s safe to say the future looks bright.”

El Dorado had a 1.0 deduction in Saturday’s semifinal round and was fourth with a score of 87.6.

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