PRCC Cheer celebrating UCA All-Girl National Title
Less than a week removed from winning its first ever national title, the Pearl River Community College cheer team is back home in Poplarville with plenty of hardware to show for it.
The Lady Wildcats feeling a lot less stressed in their first public appearance since returning from Orlando at tonight’s women’s basketball game against Southwest.
On Saturday, PRCC placed first in the open division of the Universal Cheerleaders Association All-Girl National Championship, hitting zero with their first run score of 88.7 to advance to the finals where they almost did it again following that up with an 88.65, five points better than the next closest mark.
Twelve of the 25 cheerleaders hail from the six coastal counties and now those 12 and those 25 are all national champions. PRCC Head Cheer Coach Sarah Smith said, “It’s incredible. I mean I knew at the beginning of this season that I had a super talented team and that this was possible. But cheerleading is so unpredictable. You just don’t know what’s going to happen on that day. It’s what you do on that day that ultimately matters, and yeah, it’s super surreal. I only think about it every five minutes.”
Sidney Reesor said, “Definitely the best moments of my life. I’ve never been more excited and more proud to be from Pearl River and be a part of this team than in that moment.”
Zian Arrington said, “It was such a great feeling. I was just so overwhelmed. I was in shock at first, and then it finally – the emotions just came and I was so, so happy. It was such a great feeling.”
“I didn’t have any tears left at the end of the day.” “Yeah, I cried like a baby.” “For sure.”
Coach Smith says they went full out about 43 times ahead of nationals.
PRCC will be formally recognized on February 3rd during halftime of the home women’s basketball game against Jones College.
Here are those local names you might recognize: four from Picayune, Brooke Breaux, Holly Falls, Makaylah Holcomb, Mallori Watkins, as well as two from Poplarville those being Tookie Bolton and Macey Head.
Moving on to East Central’s McKenzie Hanson, George County’s Kamdyn Fairley, Hancock’s Sidney Reesor, Isabella Orozco out of Long Beach, St. Martin’s Grace Greer, and Stone’s Zian Arrington
Right up in the road in Ellisville, rival Jones College taking home its second straight co-ed national championship with five Coasties represented on the Bobcats roster. Those being D’Iberville’s Azlyn Dollar, Harrison Central’s Micah Broome, Poplarville’s Kadin Pohlman, St. Martin’s Hannah Shoemaker, and West Harrison’s Jathan Watson.