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Page 6B November 14, 2018 CHEER DOGS Confinu l from Front have finished second to CartersviUe even if MP had executed perfectly. Ward said of the Purple Hur- ricanes' winning effort: "We had a couple of little things that kept ours from being our best performance of the year. Cartersville's performance was really, really good." While MP performed in the first quarter of the 16 AAAA finalists, CartersviUe went last as a result of its winning the sectional qualifier on Friday (Cartersvflle was not ex- empt directly into the finals because it lost its region meet to rival Chapel Hill the previous week). Ward said he didn't think the judges scored the Purple Hurricanes any higher than they deserved because they went last He said of the outcome: "I think the judges got it right" Ward said he felt like his team, especially his three seniors Tenayah Dewberry, Nakayla ]ackson and Macy Morris (who were compet- ing in their final career meet), were a little disappointed not to win because after finishing fifth last year, they had gotten "a taste" of what it's like to be among the top teams in the state. Ward, on the other hand, said he was nervous that MP hadn't placed at all since the top six were called to the mat in alphabetical order. Four of the six squads, including cham- pion CartersviUe, started with a "C" and the fifth squad, Denmark, was the next to be called. Ward said with every team with starting letters of "E" of lower still waiting anxiously for the last available spot, he was pleased that "Mary Persons" was the final name called. Then, he said he became even more nervous when Chapel Hill took fourth because he thought they might have taken MP's top-four spot. That disappointment quickly turned to joy though when he learned the Cheer Dogs finished ahead of the defending champs. With 13 returners expected back in 2019, Ward said he hopes that MP's close call at winning state will drive his squad to improve in the off-season and into next year. "'/here's more pressure for all of us next year because we've made it to No. 3 and anything less than that is going down:' he said. "But we're just gonna do the best we can do and continue to grow." The 2018 Mary Persons competition cheerleading squad (performing at the Region 2-AAAA champion-i ship meet at top and left) and at MP's Homecoming pep rally (above) finished higher than any MP squad has in history at the AAAA state meet in Columbus on Saturday, placing third. MP's previous best state finish was fifth in 2017. (Photos/Valerie Fox and Will Davis) HEART HEALTH SAFETY/BALANCE Untreated hearing loss gives rise to A healthy cardiovascular system - a Hearing loss is twice as common in People with even mild hearing loss poorer quality of life, isolation and person's heart, arteries and veins - people with diabetes compared are 3 times more likely to have a reduced social activity, leading to has a positive effect on hearing, to those without, history of faSng. depression. Twice the Memory Capacity of Battery Life After 3 Hours of Charging Balanced Listening Experience :!! !i ! i!ii !ii !i iii ! i!ii i ii !i i!ii !ili!i iiii!:i New name, same great service. Pollard Hearing joins the Optimal Hearing Family. 3759 Vineville Ave. I Laboratory Authorized I Discounts I I *OffMSRP See store for details. I We accept most insurances. We Service All Makes and Models and offer Audiometric Screenings III IIIIII IIIIIIIIII I1|1111 I and Video Ear Inspections. Visit us at II ill IflH II I llll IHI IS1111 III rll,lllll I ''l'll l