Tomball cheer earns third at UIL state competition


Courtesy of Cougar Cheer

The coaches show off their haul of hardware from the state cheer competition.

Lauryn Olivarez, Editor-in-Chief

The cheer squad took the highest score in Tomball ISD history at state cheer competition with a 90.3, finishing in the Top 3 in the most challenging division.

The girls left Thursday, Feb. 12 for Fort Worth and later performed on Saturday, Feb. 21. The competition started at 9 am and lasted until 10 pm. The girls competed in prelims, placing top 20 out of 71 different teams, and advanced to finals which took place at 7:20 pm.

“I felt very joyful, but overwhelmed when performing on the mat,” said senior Rylee Faulkner. “Just knowing that that was my last time to go out there and do the best that I could was a fulfilling moment.”

Tomball competes in 6A DII, which is the most competitive cheerleading division, while Tomball Memorial is in 6A DI. The Cougars received third overall and were named band chant state champions.

“It was phenomenal,” said Head Coach Steven Weibel. “It was one last time to go out there for UIL and compete with the girls because they helped change the program for the better and shape it into what it is today.”

The girls are already preparing for Nationals, which they leave for on Thursday, Feb. 9.