PLAS brings home championship

Published 8:56 pm Thursday, July 14, 2011

Members of the Pike Liberal Arts School AISA West Small Varsity Overall Champion cheer squad pose for a photo at the school in Troy, Ala., Thursday, July 14, 2011. The members include front, left to right, Conleigh Gilmore, Lanaye Kohn, Amy Fleming, and Samantha Shirley. Back row, left to right, are Emily Wise, Taylor Saunders, Marla Laviner, and Ragan Knotts. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Pike Liberals Arts’ cheerleading squad returned home with several awards on Thursday.

Among them was the Overall West Small Varsity Championship.

Pike arrived to a rainy Troy with help from a police escort and many smiling friends and family. The group then posed for photos on the Pike Liberal Arts campus. Headmaster Ceil Sikes and several board members were on hand to congratulate the Lady Patriots.

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Conleigh Gilmore, Amy Fleming, and Samantha Shirley were named AISA All-Stars while Gilmore and Fleming also received All-American All-Star honors.

In addition to the overall championship, Pike finished first in the categories of Home Pom and Cheer. They were runners-up in the Extreme category. Pike also brought home the Superior Award.

The week-long camp was held in Montgomery on the campus of Huntingdon College.

Mendy Avant and Hanna Hixon served as coaches for the squad.

“These girls have worked hard all summer,” Hixon said. “I’m proud of them.”

The junior varsity squad didn’t fall far behind. Pike’s JV returned home runners-up in the Overall Junior Varsity Championship.

Cailyn Barron, Mary Griffin Capps, and Anna Adams earned All-American All-Stars.

They also finished second in Extreme, second in Cheer, and third in Home Pom.