- Adam C. Brooks
CHEERLEADERS PUT LUMBERTON IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Press Release: On Sunday, March 1st. Cheer Town USA owned by Robin Buchholz, put Lumberton Texas on the map winning a National Title in the Junior level 2 division at the most prestigious competition in the industry, NCA. The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star Nationals is the largest All-Star Cheerleading National Championship in the country, hosting over 25,000 athletes and 38,000 spectators each year. This competition is commonly known for its infamous role in the Netflix series “Cheer” where the Navarro College cheerleading program competes to defend their NCA Collegiate title. 45 states and 8 countries were represented in the 2020 National Championship but only one team in each division takes the title. After 19 years in business and 13 years of attending NCA, Cheer Town finally made their mark. “Black Blaze,” Cheer Town’s junior level team beat out 12 other programs in their division with a score of 96.81. If you are not familiar with the sport of All-Star Cheerleading, each team prepares a 2 minute and 30 second routine that they spend up to 8 hours a week perfecting. These routines become increasingly difficult throughout the season until all aspects of the routine are “maxed out.” Ideally, maximum routine difficulty is reached before NCA week, in order to attain the highest possible score. The judges score the athletes on their tumbling, jumps, stunts, and overall performance and also watch for safety violations that would call for a deduction in overall score. After two days of zero-deduction routines, 19 athletes were awarded Championship jackets and rings to match. “Black Blaze” will go down in history as the first Cheer Town team to ever win first place at NCA Nationals, but they certainly will not be the last.