This Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs will be the host site for the 2017 Arkansas State Cheerleading Championships and the Prescott High School Curley Wolves cheer team aims to bring home the 2017 Class 3A state title trophy hardware.

This Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs will be the host site for the 2017 Arkansas State Cheerleading Championships and the Prescott High School Curley Wolves cheer team aims to bring home the 2017 Class 3A state title trophy hardware.
Prescott High School cheerleaders are scheduled to take the big stage of performance at 10:12 a.m. on this Saturday Dec. 16 at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.
PHS cheerleaders finished first runner-ups last year, but this time the they're anticipating to be the newly crown Class 3A state champions.
Since the summer, Prescott has taken the time to learn all cheer material and aim toward a high anticipated goal to capture the ultimate title at the 2017 Arkansas State Cheerleading Championships in December.
Their time has finally arrived and the Prescott takes a high focus of determination to win with a hard working group of young ladies led by seniors Lacie Nolen, Haleigh Wiley, Marybeth McRoy and Keyonna Nard. They have the important roles for the team as leaders and want to lead by example to motivate their teammates to strive and work hard to achieve success as a team.
Nolen, the team's captain knows how important this championship competition will be since it her final year to compete. As a senior, Nolen has proven to be one of the most outstanding female athletes for Prescott and has achieved early year success as the 2017 Homecoming Queen and the Lady Wolves basketball team leading scorer.
Nolen has participated twice in the state cheer championships and hopes this time will be the best memorable experience as the Prescott varsity team cheerleading captain. Nolen looks to follow into the foot steps of family member Tanesha Evans, who is an 2015 graduate of Prescott High School. Evans was cheer captain for Prescott and Homecoming Queen as well and Nolen looks to finish her career at Prescott with achievement as her cousin that will help lead the Prescott cheer team to winning this year's cheer state competition.
"I've been cheering for Prescott four years. Last year we finished first runner-up and I'm looking forward to competing this year with my team. It's been really fun and good cheering all my years at Prescott and just want to win. We've practice hard and a lot for three hours each day we come to practice," Nolen said.
"Mrs. Rucker, our cheer coach always encourages us to be the best we can and pushes us out our comfort zone to make us better. She's hard on us but we understand why because she believes we can be the best cheerleaders in the state and we're hoping in at state," Nolen said.
Traci Rucker has worked hard with the cheerleaders as their coach and mentor throughout their journey as the Curley Wolves cheer team. Rucker is very respected by her team and they know the hard work put in practice can show when it's time to perform on the biggest stage of cheerleading in the Natural State.
Nolen knows this will be the biggest performance yet with her teammates and due to having a close bond with each and one of her cheer teammates, she'll miss this togetherness with each and everyone of them since it's her final year and time to cheer at the state championships.
"I love all of them like they are my sisters. It's been a good ride being captain. I just hope we win state and leave a hard working mentality for the girls next year to keep a strong sisterhood progressing," Nolen said.
The state cheer championships is very intense for all the high school cheerleading teams to keep a steady focus. Everyone wants to win and be the top team standing in the end, but only one team will be and Prescott feels it's their time to shine for 2017.