CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On what is generally considered the unluckiest day of the year, Logan, Robert C. Byrd and Clay-Battelle enjoyed their sweetest moments on Friday the 13th.
Logan ended Brooke's two-year run in Class AAA while Robert C. Byrd captured back-to-back titles in Class AA and Clay-Battelle honored a fallen teammate by winning it all in Class A at the state cheerleading competition Friday at the Civic Center.
It was a bittersweet ending for Clay-Battelle, which lost junior Sydney Rush to a car accident in late September. The Cee-Bees dedicated a full page to Rush in the official program for the state cheerleading competition. Rush was a member of Clay-Battelle's 2011 championship team and also helped the Cee-Bees claim state titles in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays at the state track meet this past spring.
"She was here with us the whole time,'' said Clay-Battelle second-year coach Barb Neely. "Her presence was here. We were calm and did it for her.''
"Throughout the year this group has bounced back amazingly since Sydney's death,'' added Clay-Battelle principal David Cottrell. "They won in a whole bigger picture than this, and that's winning in life.''
Clay-Battelle, which won three Class A cheer titles in a row from 2009-11 and claimed its 10th overall championship, must have had an angel on its shoulder Friday, edging out runner-up Man by 3.85 points.
"There were a couple little mess-ups, but not very many,'' Neely said of the Cee-Bees' performance. "We kept our stunts in the air and I think [Rush] was keeping them in the air.''
Tug Valley, the defending Class A state champion that also won the Class AA title in 2011, finished third Friday followed by Wheeling Central, Williamstown, Notre Dame, South Harrison and Wirt County. (See Page 2B for complete scores.)