PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast finished second in the small co-ed division at the prestigious UCA College Spirit Camp at the University of Alabama over the weekend.
The squad, which will be competing in the national competition for the first time in January, won first in cheer as the only junior college competing with the likes of NCAA Division I schools UAB and Lamar University.
"It's a developing squad, and I'm proud of what they accomplished," coach Christy Bowman said. "They really proved to a lot of big schools that Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is growing into something big."
Bowman said some members of her squad were contacted by four-year schools to talk about cheering at the next level.
Gulf Coast ranked second in the sideline category and fifth in fight song.
The Perkettes, the Gulf Coast dance squad, also participated in the camp and brought home a superior evaluation trophy, a superior fight song trophy, 18 blue superior ribbons and the most improved award.
The UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship is Jan. 13-15 in Orlando, Fla.
Gulf Coast starts its football season Sept. 1 at Itawamba, with the first home game at A.L. May Memorial Stadium against East Mississippi on Sept. 8. Kickoff in Perkinston is at 7 p.m.
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