GW has had much success of late in its other sports, and now the cheerleaders are ready to make their mark.
"They're very proud of themselves,'' Davis said. "They've had so much support from their peers. It's been really great for them. As cheerleaders, we have been at all those state tournaments cheering on our school and sports.
"This is the first time that we get to go and have an audience there to support us. I think we stand a good chance to place well. We have a very talented group of girls that's going to go out there and put their heart and soul into it. We hope we place at the top. It's going to be a hard road for us, but we're willing to take that chance and go give it everything we have.''
In addition to GW and Riverside, Winfield - which won its only title in AA in 2003 - is the only other school from the Kanawha Valley to advance to states. Brooke, Jefferson, Lewis County, Logan and Wheeling Park round out the AAA field. Brooke, Jefferson and Logan, which was last year's runner-up at states, also won regional crowns.
East Fairmont, Independence, Liberty Raleigh, Robert C. Byrd, Lincoln, Mingo Central, North Marion and Tolsia, which has 12 titles, make up the AA participants. East Fairmont, Robert C. Byrd, Liberty Raleigh and Mingo Central captured regional titles. Lincoln finished as state runner-up last year.
Wheeling Central, Fayetteville, Tug Valley, South Harrison, Moorefield, Williamstown, Tyler Consolidated and Wahama round out the Class A field. Central, South Harrison, Tug Valley and Williamstown took regional titles.
Nitro's Kathy Barr will be recognized during the competition as the state coach of the year. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.