CLARKSBURG — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School competition cheerleading team traveled to Clarksburg to compete in the 2021-22 Liberty Cheer Classic this past Saturday, February 26. The Liberty Classic was the last act of the 2021-22 competition season for Head Coach Kelsey Riggleman and her 15 cheerleaders.
It was a bittersweet day for Riggleman and her cheer squad, who delivered a flawless routine, but will see several girls move on to the high school level going into next year. The B-UMS cheerleaders left the competition with third-place finishes in the routine and sideline portions of the team competition, while a stunt group finished fourth.
Coach Riggleman beamed with pride at the competition her team put together. “The performance they put on yesterday was remarkable. While the judges didn’t agree, this team had the best day, in my opinion. Overall, I am so incredibly proud of this group. The team performed a flawless routine, that’s been our goal all season. This (the Liberty Classic) was our last competition of this season, so there was a lot of emotions flowing throughout the day leading up to our routine,” said Riggleman.
Riggleman transitioned into talking about all the hard work they had put in this season, saying, “We have had a lot of outstanding performances this season and are proud to have brought home many trophies, but even prouder to represent our school and community the way we have. We are proud to represent Upshur County always, that’s what makes us cheerleaders after all, our spirit! These athletes have worked so hard, beginning in June with summer camp and flex days, and all through football, basketball, and our own competition season. They never once complained and always gave me more than I asked of them. It was truly an honor to coach this group, they are exceptional athletes, not to mention outstanding young ladies.”
Riggleman concluded her pride by discussing how special her team is. “The bond these 15 girls share is just unbreakable and so special. They have so much heart and love for each other and the sport of cheerleading. I believe that they are without a doubt going places down the road. The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle cheer program is finally got back on track, and I’m so excited to see what the future holds. As for the parents that do so much to help make all this possible, I can’t thank them enough. They’re dedication to this program and their kids is just out of this world. They truly are the best, and I’ll forever be thankful for all they have done this season!,” said Riggleman.