The Mason-Dixon Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association
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The Mason-Dixon Cheerleading Competition History

The cheerleading competition at the Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament was an outgrowth of a friendly gesture by the Tennessee School for the Deaf cheerleaders and their sponsors. In 1965, when the tournament was at TSD, the two TSD cheerleading squads supported visiting teams at the tournament. They wore the color of their "adopted" team over their TSD uniforms. This gesture was well received and the idea of cheerleaders at the Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament "caught-on". Coaches and other people connected with the tournament felt that the cheerleaders added to the spirit of the competition. It also gave the cheerleaders something to look forward to. In Alabama, 1971, another incentive for the cheerleaders was formally adopted. A championship trophy was given that year and the initial trophy was won by TSD. In 1972, Florida took home the trophy from the competition which was held in North Carolina. Kentucky School for the Deaf grabbed the honors in 1973 and thus was born the cheerleaders competition that has developed into a real and enthusiastic rivalry among the eleven southeastern schools.

From 1974 to 1976, by dint of determination, enthusiasm, and hard work, the TSD squad captured the trophy each year.

In the meantime, thought was being given to second and third place finishers. It was felt that talent was going unrecognized and the challenge was too limited. So at the 1977 tournament at the Virginia School for the Deaf, three trophies were awarded: Kentucky took first place, North Carolina took second, and Alabama third.

Because of the increasing popularity of the cheerleading competition and the continued development of high levels of skill, it was decided at the 1978 Tournament (Tennessee) to add a Traveling Trophy to be presented to the winning team. This trophy has been designated as the Miss Cobb Traveling Trophy in honor of Miss Regina Cobb of the Tennessee School for the Deaf. After 20 years it will be awarded to the team with the most wins.

In addition, it was decided that the winning team members would be awarded individual trophies. So, good luck cheerleaders! May the best squads win each year.

Cheerleading Competition Awards

1970Florida
1971Tennessee
1972Kentucky
1973Florida
1974Tennessee
1975Tennessee
1976Tennessee
19771st Kentucky
 2nd North Carolina
 3rd Alabama
1978 1st Tennessee
 2nd Kentucky
 3rd Florida
19791st Florida
 2nd Tennessee
 3rd Kentucky
19801st Alabama & Florida
 2nd Kentucky
 3rd North Carolina
19811st Florida
 2nd Tennessee
 3rd Mississippi
19821st Virginia
 2nd Florida
 3rd Mississippi
19831st Florida
 2nd Tennessee
 3rd Mississippi
19841st Florida
 2nd Mississippi
 3rd Virginia
19851st Florida
 2nd Tennessee
 3rd Kentucky
19861st Kentucky
 2nd Florida
 3rd Louisiana
19871stEastern North Carolina
 2nd Alabama
 3rd Kentucky
19881st Louisiana
 2nd Florida
 3rd Alabama
19891st Louisiana
 2nd Eastern North Carolina
 3rd Florida
19901st Eastern North Carolina
 2nd Alabama
 3rd Florida

   
19911st Louisiana
 2nd Florida
 3rd Eastern North Carolina
19921st Eastern North Carolina
 2nd North Carolina
 3rd Louisiana
19931st North Carolina
 2nd Louisiana
 3rd South Carolina
19941st North Carolina
 2nd Eastern North Carolina
 3rd South Carolina
19951st Tennessee
 2nd Louisiana
 3rd South Carolina
19961st Louisiana
 2nd South Carolina
 3rd North Carolina
19971st North Carolina
 2nd Louisiana
 3rd South Carolina
19981st South Carolina
 2nd Louisiana
 3rd Alabama
19991st Alabama
 2nd Kentucky
 3rd Tennessee
20001st South Carolina
 2nd Louisiana
 3rd Florida
20011st South Carolina
 2nd Florida
 3rd North Carolina
20021stLouisiana
 2ndTennessee
 3rdSouth Carolina
20031stLouisiana
 2ndMississippi
 3rdAlabama
20041stLouisiana
 2ndTennessee
 3rdFlorida
20051stLouisiana
 2ndSouth Carolina
 3rdMississippi
20061stFlorida
 2ndLouisiana
 3rdAlabama
   
20071st Florida
 2nd Alabama
 3rd Louisiana
20081stLouisiana                            
 2ndFlorida
 3rdAlabama
20091stFlorida
 2ndLouisiana
 3rdKentucky
20101stFlorida
 2ndAlabama
 3rdLouisiana
20111stAlabama
 2ndLouisiana
 3rdFlorida
20121stFlorida
 2ndLouisiana
 3rdAlabama
20131stFlorida
 2ndLouisiana & Alabama
20141stFlorida
 2ndLouisiana
20151stFlorida
 2ndLouisiana
 3rdAlabama
20161stLouisiana
 2ndFlorida
 3rdTennessee
20171stLouisiana
 2ndFlorida
 3rdTennessee

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