Glen Burnie Wins 1st Cheerleading County Championship, 'The Scariest Competition Of All'


The Glen Burnie High School Gophers won their first cheerleading county championship on Saturday at Annapolis High School. Glen Burnie High is pictured above on a different day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Capital reported that Glen Burnie High School on Saturday won its first cheerleading county championship, often regarded among the most challenging competitions in Maryland. 

The Gophers won their first regional championship two years ago and added another state title to their résumé, but a win at counties was still on their checklist. The Capital said Glen Burnie's stunt-filled routine at counties this year earned a score of 126.5, beating out second-place Arundel with 124.5 and third-place Northeast with 124.4.

"I died," Glen Burnie senior and all-county honoree Shane Beckles told The Capital. "Regions, states - counties is the scariest competition of all of them. It felt like winning Worlds."

The competition was part of the first-ever County Championship Showcase, where Annapolis High School facilities hosted 12 title matches in one day.

"Many thanks to the hundreds of #AACPSAwesome team members who came together Saturday to put on the County Championship Showcase at Annapolis High School," Anne Arundel County Public Schools said on Facebook. "It was a day of incredible competition by our student-athletes and opportunities for fans to watch multiple events! THANK YOU ALL!"

Read The Capital's full competition recap to learn more about Glen Burnie's rise to the top of the cheerleading world. This article is only available to subscribers, however.

Anybody with an Anne Arundel County Public Library card can read the story by searching "Glen Burnie Cheerleading" at this link.

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