The 2022-2023 MPHS Tiger Cheerleaders
Kennady Mayben: Junior Kennady Mayben leads the crowd
Allie Sloan: Junior Captain Allie Sloan chants M-P-H-S
Addyson Long: Sophomore Addyson Long (top) and senior Ethan Easley (bottom) cheer “We Are One.”
Lakyn Fortenberry: The Tiger mascot, Lakyn Fortenberry, pumps up the crowd
Caroline Currey: Junior Caroline Currey (top) and junior Hannah Anderson (bottom) perform a one-person stunt
Kate Ball: Sophomore Kate Ball yells for the Tigers
Contact: Kelly Cowan
MPHS Cheerleaders finish UIL Spirit State Championships as Top 20 in 5A-DII
The Mount Pleasant High School’s Cheerleaders competed in the UIL Spirit State Championships on January 13-14 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. MPHS competed in the 5A division II category in band chant, fight song, and crowd leading.
Day one saw 71 teams in 5A division II vying for a top 20 placement and advancement to finals on day two. At the end of prelims, MPHS qualified for finals in the 11th position and would compete again the next day. However, on day two, an early movement by a spotter would cost them a considerable deduction in the safety category. MPHS Cheer finished the UIL Spirit State Championships as Texas’s 18th-ranked 5A division II cheer squad.
“I am so proud of how this team performed and represented Mount Pleasant at the State Championships,” said MPHS Cheer Coach Karissa Lopez. “I knew we were a top 10 team this year, and when we were not called out, I knew something had happened. Sadly, the deduction took us out of the Top 10, but as a team, it taught us so much and helped us get closer. We have begun to be recognized by top teams and coaches, and that means so much to our organization. It was an honor to compete with the best in Texas, and we are thrilled to be considered one of those teams.”
Competing for Tiger Cheer were seniors Jillian Adair (Captain), Morgan Brooks, Ethan Easley, and Emily Shelton, juniors Hannah Anderson (Captain), Madison Cooper, Caroline Currey, Layken Fortenberry, Alexa Gamble, Abigail Gutierrez, Kennady Mayben, Johana Perales, and Allie Sloan (Captain), sophomores Kate Ball, Madison Hargrove, Addyson Long, Avanleigh Thomas, Kit Thompson, and Kadence Wetherall, and freshmen Sanniyah Crabtree, Aaliyah Delarosa, Ava True Fite (JV Captain), Amrie Loftin, Kynslee Mayben, Carmandy Rocha, and Chloe Smith. MPHS cheer will wrap up their competition season in February at the UCA High School Nationals in Orlando, Florida.
The 7th grade Lady Tigers A team
The 8th grade Lady Tigers A team
MPJH basketball teams win the I-30 Throwdown tournament
The girl’s 7th and 8th grade A teams from Mount Pleasant Junior High School each won their divisions in the I-30 Throwdown basketball tournament hosted by MPJH on Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14.
The 8A Lady Tigers defeated Boulter 51-7, Moore 35-8, and Hubbard 33-30 to claim the 8th-grade tournament championship. The 7A Lady Tigers beat Three Lakes 37-15, Moore 52-7, and Hubbard 31-22 to win the 7th-grade tournament, their second tournament championship this season.
The 8A Head Coach is Genesis Alvarez, and the 7A Head Coach is Crystal Jackson.