The Warren Energy cheerleading team has been named state champions, but last weekend’s competition in Nashville was for a national title.
Competing in the Varsity One Up National Cheerleading Champion-ship, Warren Energy was named the Level One Grand Champion.
The co-ed cheerleading team topped two other large youth teams and received the highest total score among 40 teams who competed in all fields. Warren Energy went up against the Premier Athletics Knoxville Coral Sharks and Capital Elite Heat All-Stars from Springfield, Ill., in the large group competition and came away with three titles, including the Grand Championship.
Warren Energy received the award for innovative choreography in their division and won the national title among the three teams. After 40 teams competed across Level One, broken down by size of team, Warren Energy received the Grand Championship as well.
The team trains at Tressie’s Gymnastics and features 22 members. Those members are Kalia Stewart, Haley King, Mackenzie Trapp, Mia Henry, Kennedy Pegg, Koley Campbell, Kensley Whiteaker, Ellie Noblin, Zoye Henry, Caroline Brooks, Araya Buchanan, Heidy-Lin Teeters, Gracie Cowan, Kylie Mason, Bella Blankenship, Kenzie Walker, Caroline Brooks, Alexus Wood, Elena Holder, Liza Goad, Kassidy Byars and Garrick McGee.
The team is coached by Tressie Hitchcock and assistants Shelby Marttala, Kara Campbell and Hailey Jones.
With the victory, Warren Energy earned a bid to the invitional-only Summit event held in Orlando May 4-5.
Warren Xtreme, which competes in the senior level, placed third at the Varsity One Up event. East Celebrity Elite from Massachusetts won while C4 Senior Black Longhorns from Georgia finished second.
Despite finishing third, Warren Xtreme received the coveted by to The Summit in May. The bid normally goes to the winning team, but judges awarded Warren Xtreme for the degree of difficulty in their routine.
Each team is expected to make the trip to Florida in May for the nation-wide cheerleading event.