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Millbrook repeats as Wake County stunt champions

Cheerleading: STUNT Competition 2017

May, 10 2017, 9:30 PM

Millbrook High School continued its run of success in the Wake County Stunt Tournament with a 17-12 victory over Sanderson. The Wildcats topped the Spartans in the championship for a second straight season to claim its second stunt title in program history.

The first half was closely contested as three of the eight routines ended in a tie. After being knotted up a 3-3 through one, Millbrook took a narrow 6-5 advantage into the break.

The Wildcats began to separate itself from the Spartans at the start of the second half. After tying in the third quarter’s first routine, Millbrook strung together back-to-back victories, the second coming on routine six.

“Both teams are incredibly talented, so it came down to routine calling because we have very different styles” said Millbrook head coach Allie Leaptrott.

Sanderson cut the deficit to 9-7 going to the fourth quarter, and shrunk the gap to as a little as 11-10 after a 3-2 performance on the first routine of the final stanza.

But Millbrook would leave no doubt in the final two performances of the game as it outscored Sanderson 6-2 to wrap up the 17-12 victory.

The Wildcats sealed the deal with its bread and butter, routine six. Anchored by senior Maya Lee who is a veteran of the routine, and Sarah Tate Durling who Leaptrott considers the team’s top flyer, Millbrook called upon routine six in each of the four quarters, going 4-0 in the process.

“Anything that we ask of Sarah Tate, she has been able to do. She is a fantastic flyer, and routine six is one that we used to win the championship last year, and it was our go-to routine this year.”

After winning the opening coin toss, the Wildcats opted for that routine, and it carried them to its second title in as many years. In the three years of Wake County stunt, Millbrook has reached the finals each year.

“We have a fantastic group of seniors. They have helped grow this program, and the number of newcomers that we have had is a credit to them. As a coach, I have not had to convince girls to come out and play, these girls have made it fun, and they have made this a sport that people want to play” noted Leaptrott.

High School stunt is the newly developed sport format for cheerleading. stunt in its third year in Wake County, is the new competitive team sport derived from traditional cheerleading. It removes the crowd-leading, and focuses on the technical, and the athletic components of cheer

which include the partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, jumps and tumbling skills. 13 Wake County high schools currently participate in the sport.

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