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3 local cheerleading teams head to nationals Friday

NATHANIEL WEATHERSBY / Powerhouse Allstar Cheerleading participants practice their routines Wednesday in preparation for the U.S. Finals Cheer Competition in Pensacola, Florida today. A division of the Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department and led by Robyn Smith, the program took three age group of girls to competition today.

NATHANIEL WEATHERSBY / Powerhouse Allstar Cheerleading participants practice their routines Wednesday in preparation for the U.S. Finals Cheer Competition in Pensacola, Florida today. A division of the Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department and led by Robyn Smith, the program took three age group of girls to competition today.

Powerhouse Allstar Cheerleading heads to Pensacola to defend their title of U.S. Finals Champion

Coach Robyn Smith will be taking three of her teams to Pensacola, Florida this Friday to compete in the U.S. Finals Cheer Competition. U.S. Finals is a by-invitation-only event that has six host cities throughout the US. All first and second place winners from the six cities will then compete against each other for an overall grand champion. Last year the youth team and junior team both placed first in Pensacola. In the overall rankings, the youth team came in second and the junior team brought home the title of overall grand champion. Winning the jackets would be great but to win a championship ring was incredible.

The competition has grown to over double the participants from last year. There are over 12 states represented and the three teams from Brookhaven look forward to the opportunity to compete with talent from throughout the southeast. Powerhouse teams going to us finals this year are the mini prep team: Lightning, The Young Thunder and The Senior Storm.

The competition will conclude the 2014-2015 season. Their new season begins with team placement on April 26. Powerhouse teams are a division of the Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department on Highway 51 North. They are coached by Robyn J. Smith. The program has been producing quality athletes for 20 years, with many receiving scholarship to junior colleges and Division 1A schools. Also on staff are Courtney Henderson, Peyton Rogers, Morgan Boone and Hope Fortenberry.