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Whoever says cheerleading isn’t a sport has never attended a serious cheerleading camp. The Aucilla junior varsity and varsity squads attended their annual cheerleading summer camp in July.
Camp this year was at Fellowship Of Christian Cheerleaders in Rosen Shingle Creek Resort Orlando.
The girls attended cheer, stunt and dance class every day. During these classes the girls were taught new cheers, stunts and dances and were also able to improve the skills they already have. After classes each night the girls had to go to evaluation. Between classes, they had a brief, five-minute water break and were straight back to work.
The leaders of the camp awarded a handful of girls from the entire camp, which consisted of eight squads from all over the state, with All Stars’ awards. Four girls from Aucilla received All Stars’ awards. They were Kinzi Mattingly, Brooke Kinsley, Sunnie Sorensen and Jenny Jackson.
The girls from Aucilla won several awards. JV won the Home Cheer Competition and second place in the overall camp championship. Varsity was a finalist in the camp championship. Kinzi Mattingly won the Jump Jam competition for the best jumps of all the JV cheerleaders attending camp. Other finalists in the JV division were Jenny Jackson and Emma Witmer. Jump Jam Finalists in the Varsity division were Sunnie Sorensen, Stacie Brock and Brooke Kinsley. Finalists in the camp Tumble Jam competition from JV were Cali Burkett, Jenny Jackson, Kinzi Mattingly and Kate Whiddon.
By Fran Hunt
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The Aucilla Christian Academy Lady Warriors conquered three contests in the Regional Championship and Aucilla easily took their second Regional Title ever. Aucilla won their first Regional Title in 1996.
In the Regional Quarterfinal, April 26, the Lady Warriors squared off against Rocky Bayou and ACA doubled their opponent for a 2-1 win.
The game was tied at 0-0 until the top of the seventh inning and Rocky Bayou scored one run.
The Lady Warriors answered when Taylor Copeland got on base and was hit in by Brooke Kinsey to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Ashley Schofill smacked a double and the game winning RBI for Aucilla.
Taryn Copeland manned the mound, pitching a complete game, giving up one run on two hits and struck out a whopping 13 batters.
At the plate, Kaitlin Jackson went two for four.
Brooke Kinsey went two for four with one run and one RBI.
Ashley Schofill went one for four with one RBI and a double.
Pamela Watt went one for three.
Sarah Sorensen went two for three.
Taylor Copeland went one for one with one run scored.
The Lady Warriors hit the diamond against Laurel Hill April 29 in the Regional Semi-Finals and ACA walloped Laurel Hill for a 14-0 blanking.
On the mound, Taryn Copeland pitched a complete game giving up no runs on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Jackson went two for four with three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Brooke Kinsey one for two with three runs, three RBI’s and a two-run homerun.
Schofill went two for four with two RBI’s.
Taryn Copeland went one for two, reached base on a walk and scored one run.
Sunnie Sorensen went two for three with two runs and one RBI
Watt went two for three with one run.
Sarah Sorensen went one for three with one run scored.
Kelly Horne went one for two with one run.
Whitney McKnight went one for one with one run scored.
The Lady Warriors headed into the Regional Finals May 3 and readied to square off against three-time defending State Champions Eagle’s View. Aucilla dished out a 9-4 loss to Eagle’s View to easily take the title.
“This is the best team Aucilla has ever had,” said Coach Edwin Kinsey. “ACA has always had the best players, but this team is the best from top to bottom. Our defense is second to none and our offense is second to none. This bunch can really hit the ball. I have sixth and seventh graders knocking the ball clear out into the outfield. Last night, Taryn (Copeland) pitched her best game ever. She took a state championship team and totally dismantled them.” He added that the Lady Warriors are some really hard hitters. “The field is usually 195 feet and their field was 210 feet. My daughter, Brooke, belted the ball so hard, it hit the back fence and bounced hard off of it,” he added. “And Ashley (Schofill) belted out a three-run homerun. The girls were all over it and they played their hearts out.”
Aucilla took the lead in the first inning, when Jackson scored from third base on a wild pitch. ACA added two more runs in the third inning when Schofill and Taylor Copeland both scored after Eagle’s View’s first baseman was unable to catch the throw from their shortstop to end the inning.
Eagle’s View tied it up in the bottom of the fourth inning with three timely hits and a walk.
The Lady Warriors answered back in the top of the fifth inning when Schofill hit a three-run homerun to give ACA a 6-3 lead. Aucilla added three more insurance runs in the sixth inning to make it a 9-3 lead for ACA going into the bottom of the seventh.
Eagle’s View added one more run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lady Warriors the title.
Manning the mound, Taryn Copeland pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
At the plate, Jackson went three for four with three runs and one RBI.
Brooke Kinsey went 0 for 3 with one RBI and one sacrifice fly.
Schofill went three for four with two runs scored and she belted a three-run homerun.
Sarah Sorensen went two for four.
Taylor Copeland went one for two with three runs scored and she reached base on one walk and one error.
The Lady Warriors travel to the State Championship at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL noon, Wednesday, May 11, where they will compete for the State Championship. If ACA wins the first game, they will go on to play again, Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
The Lady Warriors are heading into it with every intention of taking the title. “We’re on our way and we are fixing to bring back that first State Championship for Aucilla,” Coach Kinsey concluded.