Upper State champions

The Easley High School competitive cheerleading team is one step closer to a state championship after taking first place at the state qualifier last week. The Green Wave scored 274 points in the competition to best second-place A.C. Flora’s 267 points and third-place Catawba Ridge’s 257. The Easley cheerleading squad is led by seniors Emma Arnold, Trinitee Atkins, Jonna Harper, Carolina LeCroy, Haleigh Myhand, Bree Sewell, Erica Sheriff, Courtney Smith, Hadley West and Rileigh Williams. The Green Wave will compete for the state championship Saturday in Florence.