Catching Up With The Bowling Green Purples

Last season, Varsity TV followed the journey of Bowling Green High School to the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.

In Sideline To Center Stage: Bowling Green High School, we watched the Purples take their game day traditions from the sideline to the competition mat. The four-part Varsity TV series took you behind the scenes at practice, on the sidelines of a home football game, to their first performance at the UCA Bluegrass Championship, and finally to Orlando where the team would make school history.

At the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship, Bowling Green was one of four teams who advanced straight to Finals in the Varsity Game Day division out of 41 teams.

Later that day, the Purples went on to hit their Game Day routine in Finals and took home fifth place. The zero-deduction routine was Bowling Green’s first hit routine since 2007 when the program competed in Large Varsity Coed.

[WATCH] Bowling Green's 2019 Game Day Routine

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The next day, Bowling Green competed in Prelims for Medium Varsity D ll. The team took the mat full of energy and stuck their routine. For the second time that weekend, the Purples advanced straight through to Finals.

In Finals, BGHS didn’t get the flawless stick that they wanted, but the team went on to claim third place, their first medal for the school as an All Girl program.

“Bowling Green High School is full of tradition. We cheer for the football state champions, the basketball state champions, and now we’ve put cheerleading on the map at Bowling Green High School by medaling. I feel like this is the start of something big.” - Coach Bobbi Dotson

Bowling Green graduated eight seniors from their 2019 team, so this season the Purples have decided to take on a new division.

This year BGHS will be competing in Medium Varsity DII for Game Day and Small Varsity DII for their 2.5-minute routine. This will be the first time BGHS has ever competed in the Small Varsity division.

The team is made up of five seniors, four sophomores, and three freshmen. Only eight of the current athletes competed in their Medium Varsity routine last season.

2019-20 Bowling Green High School Senior Cheerleaders

The Purples have the same goal as last season: to hit their routine in Finals. The first stop on their way to that goal is the UCA Bluegrass Championship this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

Each year, the UCA Bluegrass Championship is full of the nation’s top talent, and it’s a great preview of the competition teams will be up against later on in the season at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.

Heading into Bluegrass, the Purples have been working to up their routine difficulty and add some new elements to their Game Day routine.

The team is prepared to compete high to high full arounds which Coach Bobbi Dotson says is a huge accomplishment for her team. 

In their Game Day routine, Bowling Green is set to bring the same spirit and tradition to the mat this season, but the Purples are excited to debut a new band dance that is sure to get the crowd involved.

Be sure to tune into Varsity TV this Saturday at 6:00 PM ET to watch Bowling Green compete their Game Day routine and again at 6:32 PM ET to cheer on the Purples as they make their debut in the Small Varsity division.

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