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Chatham County Schools students winning inside, outside classrooms

Interim Superintendent Dr. Randy Bridges congratulates the district's middle school basketball champions.

PITTSBORO — Trained and conditioned to perform on demand anywhere, the Horton Middle School cheerleaders during a recent meeting of the Chatham County Board of Education were motioned to the stage by Chatham County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Chris Blice.  

The girls got in formation and began stomping and clapping and belting, “Pump it up, pump it up!” 

It was that same sort of preparedness and ability to execute that had Dr. Randy Bridges, the district’s interim superintendent, recognizing Horton’s boys’ basketball team and the Margaret B. Pollard Middle School girls’ basketball team for emerging as champs in the district’s hoops tournament. 

“It was a hard challenge, but they came through with all of the things going on with COVID,” Horton coach Adrian Scurlock said about his Wildcats.

Pollard coach Harold Baldwin noted the tremendous run of his Mustangs.

“We’ve been undefeated for five years, and we continue that streak,” Baldwin said. 

Bridges also singled out Jordan-Matthews High School swimmer Jennah Fadely for the state title she won in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.11.

“It’s not easy to win a state championship. It takes many hours of sacrifice, practice, dedication, and, obviously, she has demonstrated those things,” Bridges said. 

Fadely, a senior, said she’ll graduate and keep on swimming. 

“Hoping to qualify for NCAAs in college, and, before I get to college, I’m also hoping to qualify for Olympic trials. Currently, I’m a little over a second away from my qualifying standard,” Fadely said. 

When those Horton cheerleaders — Ebony Scurlock is their coach — cut loose during the board meeting in the school’s multipurpose room, it was the largest crowd they’d performed in front of this school year. Because of the pandemic, no spectators were allowed during middle school sporting events. Board members providing that platform during their meeting gave the young ladies a mighty fine opportunity to pump it up one last time. 

Published April 25, 2021