PRCC Cheer returns with National Championship trophy

The Pearl River Community College cheer team has made a safe voyage home to Poplarville and the Wildcats returning with some new hardware.

On Sunday, they won the Universal Cheerleaders Association Open All-Girl National Championship for the second year in a row.

The Wildcats placed fourth in Saturday’s semi-finals before roll river rolling all the way to the top of Sunday’s standings with a flawless routine with no deductions. Head Coach Sarah Smith said, “The moment that I will never forget about 2023 nationals was as they were putting up the ending pyramid and they had made no mistakes and just as the routine went on, the pressure rose higher and higher because they were checking those skills off the list, hitting them and then they got down to the final pyramid and all they had to do was hold it up and it would be a perfect routine. When they did that in that moment, I will never forget that. I will always remember it.”

PRCC Flyer Mallori Watkins said, “When they announced second place, we knew it was going to be closer, especially than last year’s, so we were all just holding on to each other and we knew that we had just won so it was awesome.”

PRCC Side/Main Base Hailey Hancock said, “We were just like crying and thanking God the whole time and when we were announced, it was just like all of our hard work had just paid off and it was just everything we did leading up to it was so worth it.”

Pearl River beating out seven other schools to claim its second title all-time led by a 26-member squad, nine of which hail from the six coastal counties.