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Something to cheer about

It sometimes gets play on ESPN, FoxSportsNet, etc., and now it's in Florida -- competitive cheer.

For the first time ever, this sport will be recognized as, well, a sport, with seven state champions crowned (one per division, according to the schedule -- non-tumbling, all-girls small, all-girls medium, all-girls large, all-girls extra large, co-ed small and co-ed large) between Friday and Saturday at FAU Arena in Boca Raton.

And South Florida is no competitive cheer wasteland, either -- in late January, Dillard High played host to the Broward County Athletic Association's own competition, and a number of teams from the area will hope to get that title of "first state champion ever."

Here are the local teams competing this weekend, along with times and divisions:

Friday morning:

  • Miramar, 8:16 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Deerfield Beach, 8:24 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Coral Glades, 8:52 a.m. (extra-large)
  • Stranahan, 9:12 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Everglades, 9:28 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Lourdes, 9:56 a.m. (extra-large)
  • Dillard, 10 a.m. (non-tumbing)
  • Coconut Creek, 10:08 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • University, 10:20 a.m. (extra-large)
  • Gulliver Prep, 10:24 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Mater Academy, 10:48 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Calvary Christian, 10:52 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Cardinal Gibbons, 10:56 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Coral Springs, 11:04 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • South Broward, 11:12 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Boyd Anderson, 11:24 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Pompano Beach, 11:28 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • Key West, 11:36 a.m. (non-tumbling)
  • McArthur, 11:52 a.m. (non-tumbling)

**Non-tumbling and extra-large finals are set to start about 1:15, with the champions crowned at around 3:15 p.m.

Friday afternoon/evening:

  • Archbishop Carroll, 4:04 p.m. (co-ed small)
  • Sagemont, 4:28 p.m. (co-ed small)
  • Calvary Christian, 4:40 p.m. (all-girls small)
  • South Plantation, 4:44 p.m. (co-ed small)
  • Coral Springs Christian, 5:20 p.m. (all-girls small)
  • Central, 5:52 p.m. (all-girls small)
  • Ransom Everglades, 6:08 p.m. (all-girls small)
  • Flanagan, 6:52 p.m. (co-ed small)

**The co-ed small and all-girls small finals are set to start around 8:30 p.m., with the champions crowed at about 10.

Saturday:

  • Dade Christian, 8:04 a.m. (medium)
  • Taravella, 8:48 a.m. (medium)
  • Pine Crest, 9:48 a.m. (medium)
  • Northeast, 9:52 a.m. (medium)
  • Cypress Bay, 9:56 a.m. (medium)
  • Nova, 10:08 a.m. (medium)
  • Coral Springs Charter, 2:28 p.m. (all-girls large)
  • Doral Academy, 3:08 p.m. (all-girls large)
  • Douglas, 4:24 p.m. (all-girls large)
  • Fort Lauderdale, 4:56 p.m. (all-girls large)

**The finals for the all-girls medium and co-ed large divisions are set to begin around 11:20, with awards coming at 1 p.m. For the large all-girls division, finals begin at 6:30 p.m. and champions are crowned at 8.

--Patrick Dorsey

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