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February 6, 2007

Somerset wins state

Briar Jumper cheerleaders claim second All ‘A’ Grand Championship

LANCASTER — — The Somerset High School cheerleading squad brought home the gold this past weekend by winning the Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ Classic Grand Champion trophy. Somerset won the co-ed division at the All ‘A’ At-Large Cheerleading Competition at Garrard County High School this Saturday and were awarded Grand Champion based on having the highest score of any squad in the entire statewide competition.

After winning the state title on Saturday evening, the Somerset cheerleading squad was greeted by the Somerset Police and the Somerset Fire Department for a victory parade through downtown Somerset.

This was the second time Somerset cheerleading coach Beth Bruner has guided the Jumpers to an All ‘A’ state title, but this year the award had special and sentimental meaning for Bruner and her team.

On Aug. 27, 2006, Bruner lost her sister, Scarlett Parsley Hooker, in the Comair Delta Flight 5191 plane crash. Scarlett Parsley Hooker had cheered at North Laurel High School and Centre College, and had coached cheerleading at North Laurel, Danville and Somerset High School. Prior to this year’s All ‘A’ cheerleading competition, it had been decided that a special plaque in Hooker’s memory would be given to the All ‘A’ Cheerleading Grand Champions.

Bruner knew of the special memorial plague in honor of her sister several months ago, but she did not tell any of the Somerset High School cheerleaders.

“These cheerleaders have enough pressure on them already and I knew if I told them about the memorial plaque that that would put added pressure on them to try to win state,” Bruner said. “Cheerleading is a subjective sport and all I ask of my cheerleaders is to do the best they can do and come off the floor knowing that they gave it their all.”

“You can’t worry about winning or placing, you just do your best and leave it up to the judges to determine who wins,” she added.

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