Harlan cheerleaders win state


By John Henson - [email protected]



It’s been a memorable postseason for local basketball teams with both the Harlan Lady Dragons and Harlan County Black Bears winning 13th Region Tournament titles and advancing to state competition.

The Harlan High School cheerleaders joined the fun Friday, winning their second straight in-game competition state championship as part of the girls Sweet Sixteen at Northern Kentucky University.

“I am so proud and thankful to have been able to coach this squad. I’m especially happy for our seniors. We faced some challenges this year, from losing members for personal reasons, to injuries. They have worked so hard all year and it has paid off, back to back state championships,” said Tracey Gilbert, who coaches the squad, along with Cindy Brassfield. “This is something they will never forget. As a coach, all you can do is ask for their very best effort, and they sure delivered.

I want to thank the Lady Dragons and coaches, without their phenomenal success, we wouldn’t had this opportunity. Once a Dragon, always a Dragon.”

The senior squad members agreed it was an experience they won’t soon forget.

“I am so blessed to be on a team with such a wonderful group. Long practices and hard work truly pays off,” said Olivia Dixon. “We wouldn’t have even had this opportunity if it weren’t for the Lady Dragons. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way. It means so much.”

“I am so proud of my team. We worked so hard and overcame so much this year to be able to accomplish this,” said Jesse Cochran.

I am so proud of our team,” added Tricia Clem “We have worked very hard all year, and it has finally paid off. Being back-to-back state champs is something I will cherish forever. I’m thankful for everyone on my team, my coaches and the parents who have supported us this season.”

“Being part of this team has been truly amazing,” said Morgan Bargo. “We’ve all put in so much time and work, and to see it pay off with another state championship is very rewarding. Thank you to everyone who has supported us encouraged us and cheered with us to help us reach this goal.”

“I’m so truly grateful to be a part of this team and everything we have accomplished this year. Receiving first place in the Sweet 16 championship was the best way to end this season and shows how much hard work we have put in to this year,” said Kenzie Lankford. “I am also very thankful for our fans who cheered us on and supported us along this journey.”

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By John Henson

[email protected]

Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134

Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134

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