When it was announced that West Broward had captured the large school non-tumbling division of the BCAA Competitive Cheerleading Championship, the girls lifted Roy Adam Lucas up in the air to celebrate.
“For myself, it was a little embarrassing, but what’s tradition is they pick the coach up when they win at the end of competition,” Lucas said. “It was nice to keep the tradition going.”
The first-year coach moved from San Diego a few months ago and took over a program that boasts back-to-back state championships.
While Lucas admitted the transition was rough at first, replacing a coach that had been around for years, the girls appreciated his hard work and time.
“Hesitation and resistance — [we] broke through that wall that first practice and ever since then it’s been great,” he said.
“It’s an awesome first step because it catapults us with a sense of urgency and excitement for the next competition next weekend.”
On Saturday afternoon at Dillard High School, the Bobcats earned the highest score of any team in all divisions with a 229. Last season, host Dillard beat West Broward for the BCAA title.
Dillard High School will host the regional meet next weekend before the state tournament Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
“We just need to hit our routine, that’s it,” senior captain Gabi Casazza said. “This is really good to have. It prepares us a lot and a learning experience.”
In the small school non-tumbling division, Miramar earned the championship with a score of 219.9, 19.3 points higher than second-place Piper.
It marked the first year that the Patriots had ever placed in the competition, which fielded nine schools in their division Saturday.
“This is a blessing,” second-year coach Tanya Jones said. “We’re bringing home a trophy with the thanks of me and coach Vida [Hargrett] and the girls working hard.”
Added Hargrett: “I think it was the heart. They definitely needed someone to push them to the next level and like Tanya said, she and myself did just that. Those girls worked hard — diligently — day in and day out, and it showed on the floor.”
Taravella finished first in the coed division with a score of 211.5.
Cooper City, which placed sixth at the state meet last season, won the all-girl tumbling competition by 2.1 points over Western.
All-girl tumbling: Cooper City 213.3, Western 211.2, Cardinal Gibbons 206.6. Coed: Taravella 211.5, South Plantation 188, Douglas 184, Flanagan 177, Coral Springs 158. Small school non-tumbling: Miramar 219.9, Piper 200.6, Coral Glades 200.5, Everglades 197.7, McArthur 197.7, Fort Lauderdale 185.5, Deerfield Beach 180.5, Hollywood Hills 174.1, Nova 168.5, Northeast 154.3. Large school non-tumbling: West Broward 229, Stranahan 211.5, Monarch 202, Blanche Ely 201, Dillard 193.5, Pompano Beach 157, Boyd Anderson 127.5.