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Clay County Glitz qualifies for national competition

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Clay County Glitz, a Petrolia cheer team for girls ages 9-12, has qualified for national competition. Team members are (back) Coach Allie Ablia, Rhiannon Freeman, Krista King, Brianna Hodges, Haley Chavis, Jaci Chavis, Brooklyn Bunch, Coach Hanna Heuring, (middle) Autumn Colley, Katelyn Washburn, Hannah Sternadel, Gracie Linton, Brionna Townsend (front) Codi Griffen, Taylor Clement and Abbey Adams.

Clay County Glitz, a competition cheer squad of 14 girls from Petrolia ISD, is preparing for competition in the Dallas Cowboys National Cheer Championship. The team is seeking monetary donations from businesses and individuals to cover competition expenses.

CCG was started in 2011 by two mothers who wanted to give Petrolia girls ages 9-12 years the opportunity to compete in cheerleading without having to spend thousands of dollars out of pocket, said Kerrie Haney.

All uniforms, competition fees and travel expenses are met through fundraisers; bake sales, raffles and car washes. With the support of Petrolia ISD, the team meets twice a week for practices in the school cafeteria. Petrolia High School cheerleaders Allie Ablia and Hanna Heuring coach the team, developing dance routines and teaching technique. Emily Gravitz, media instructor at Petrolia ISD, provides dance music.

Team members are Rhiannon Freeman, Krista King, Brianna Hodges, Haley Chavis, Jaci Chavis, Brooklyn Bunch, Autumn Colley, Katelyn Washburn, Hannah Sternadel, Gracie Linton, Brionna Townsend Codi Griffen, Taylor Clement and Abbey Adams.

CCG has competed in five competitions, beginning with the Dallas Cowboys Championship in October, where the team took sixth place. The squad placed third in the Spirit Celebration Fall Classic in November and in the Christmas Classic in December.

In January, CCG earned its first championship in Abilene’s West Texas Open. With the win, CCG became eligible to compete at the state level, a February competition in Arlington. The team earned first place and a berth to nationals.

During competition, the girls are judged on stunts, difficulty of the routine, energy, timing of transitions and overall appearance. CCG competes in the recreation/school level 2 category.

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