Etowah High School’s Junior ROTC program hosted a statewide Raider competition Saturday, where several Cherokee County schools placed highly.

Teams from two Cherokee County schools placed in the top 10 in the boys and girls divisions. The Etowah High girls team finished third. The Creekview High School boys and girls teams both finished in fourth place. The Etowah boys finished in sixth. The Cherokee High School boys team finished 19th, and did not compete in the girls competition. Sequoyah High School and River Ridge High School did not compete in the boys and girls competitions.

In the mixed division, River Ridge, in its first Raider competition, finished in fourth place. Sequoyah, also in its first Raider competition, finished in sixth place. Cherokee finished in seventh place. Creekview and Etowah did not compete in the mixed division.

“All in all it was a great turnout and all schools did exceptionally well,” said Lt. Col. (Ret.) Stephen Bergey, one of the JROTC teachers at Etowah.

Saturday’s physical fitness challenge kicked off the season for the state with 21 schools participating, and was the first Raider competition in Cherokee County. The day consisted of five events, the team run, a cross country rescue, a heavy tire flip, a sandbag relay, and a raider fitness challenge.

More than 500 Raiders participated, with more than 2,000 spectators in attendance.

Participating schools will now advance through their respective seasons, competing most weekends in September and October. The season culminates the first weekend in November, when teams will compete for a national championship.

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