(2009 - 2010) - Competitive Cheer

Head Varsity Cheer Coach - Beth Ward
MAVS Booster Team Rep  - Beth Emerson
MAVS Website Reporter - Jane Cook

2006-2008 Archives




Kelsey Starr with all her Scholar Awards from Senior Awards night. Kelsey was honored with the National French Honor Society cord, Palmetto Fellows, 4.0 White cord, Top 20 Honor student sash, SC Academic Honors graduate, Beta Club and NHS stoles!   

Kelsey and MHS Cheerleader Cameron Slenski were recently named Mauldin Rotary Scholars! 


photo credit Gwinn Davis 

Congratulations to the following girls who were named to the 2010 Mauldin High School Varsity Football & Competition Team:

Laura Allen                             Meghan McDonough

Tierra Butler                           Raven McKinney

Sterlin Choice                         Brie Merrit

Ivy Cook                                Hannah Page 

Dru Craft                               Brittany Richards

Alexa Emerson                        Kelsey Scott

Courtney Finley                       Hayley Smith 

Brittany Fritz                          McKenzie Smith

Madison Glass                         Kaitlyn Styles

Brayln Kelly                             Kristyn Ternberg

Savanna Kelly                         Brya Twine 

Jordan Lyles                           Michele Winters

Allison Malone                            

 Cheerleading tryouts for the 2010-2011 season will be held in the gym on April 10, 2010.




For: Children ages 5 – 13

 Monday, June 21st – Thursday, June 24th







Pictured above left to right:

Back row: Jessica Costlow, Mariessa Murphy, Dru Craft, Cameron Slenski, Betty Mitchell, Beth Ward, Meghan McDonough, Sterlin Choice, Kaitlyn Styles, Haley Freeman.

Middle row: Kelsey Starr, Raven McKinney, Jordyn Lyles, Brittany Richards, Courtney Finley, Alexa Emerson, Brittany Fritz, Laura Allen, McKenzie Smith,

Front row: Allison Malone, Michelle Winters, Hayley Smith, Kristyn Ternberg, Ivy Cook, Brya Twine, Hannah Page.   

MAV Varsity Cheer Coaches

Beth Ward- Beth is a lifelong resident of Mauldin and a 1985 graduate of Mauldin High School.  She is also a product of the Mauldin High School Cheerleading program. She was a member of the first Mauldin team to win the Cheerwine Championship in 1984.

She is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Secondary Education History and has her Masters degree in education from Southern Wesleyan.  She is married to Brian Ward and they have a daughter, Brantley, 9 years old.  Brantley is in the third grade at Greenbriar Elementary. She has been a member of the cheerleading team since her birth; from her days in a stroller to attending cheer practices and participating in Kiddie Camp.

Beth began coaching both JV and Varsity in 1991.  After a two year search for a JV coach, Beth got to concentrate on Varsity only.  She was joined in 1995 by Betty Mitchell and they have been coaching together ever since.  Together (with the girls) they have won three State Championships and State runner- up twice.

Mauldin Competitive cheer holds the proud honor of qualifying for State every year since cheerleading was sanctioned as a state sport in 1996.



  Betty Mitchell-  Betty has been coaching MHS Varsity cheerleading for 20 years. She began as an assistant coach on the Varsity team in 1985. The following year, 1986, became head coach. The Varsity squad won the Cheerwine Competition two times and then went on to win the NCA Cheer Camp in Columbia and was able to compete at the 1988 NCA National Championship in Dallas, Texas. She gave up coaching in 1990 but decided to come back and start helping Beth Ward in 1995. During this time period they won three State Championships. The first one in 2002, and then again in 2004 and 2005. They finished as State Runner-Up in 2001 and 2006.

Betty has been married to John Mitchell for 42 years. They have two sons, Johnny and Kyle, both graduated from Mauldin High School. Johnny graduated in 1986 and Kyle graduated in 1991. Johnny and his wife, Sandy, have 4 children, JC (a football player and wrestler at Wren High School); Kadie, a cheerleader at Eastside High School); Emily ( a seventh grader at Northwood Middle) and Zane ( a sixth grader at Northwood Middle). They reside in Greenville.

Kyle and his wife, Sheila, live in Duncan with their two children, Isabella ( 7 years old) and is a veteran of our Kiddie Camp since the age of 3. Their youngest child, Mitch, is 5 years old. They both attend Spartanburg Christian Day School.



MHS Cheerleading Try out Parent Meeting


MHS Cheer Tryout Mandatory Parent Meeting
For: Varsity, JV Football/Competition, & Basketball
Ages: rising 7th through 12th grades
Mandatory Meeting Date: Mon. Feb. 22nd at 5:30 in the Media Center

A parent MUST be in attendance for the child to tryout.

If you need additional information before the meeting or
foresee a conflict, please contact Beth Ward (355-6632) or
Betty Mitchell (355-6527).

Remember- If you do not attend the meeting and have not made
prior contact with us, you will be unable to try out.


Congratulations to the Class of 2011 Junior Marshals who will be serving at this year's graduation - Laura Berglind, Dru Craft, Alana DeKlerk, Krista Edwards, Rylee Ennis, Catriona Ewing, Shyyon Lari, Jessica Lyles, Emily Olyarchuk, Caitlin Tharpe, Madison Thompson, Thao Vu!! These students represent the top of their junior class!

 Varsity Cheer Banquet - Tuesday, Dec. 8

The annual Cheer Banquet was held Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Hollytree Clubhouse. The girls and their parents enjoyed an Italian dinner and a video of photo stills and film clips commemorating the 2009 cheer season.  Congratulations to this year's Varsity Cheer Award winners:

Most Improved - Hannah Page

100% Team Award - Ivy Cook

Most Spirited - Mariessa Murphy

Best All Around - Dru Craft


Hannah Page - Most Improved Award

Ivy Cook - 100% Team Award

Mariessa Murphy - Most Spirited Award

 Dru Craft - Best All Around Award

 Upperstate Qaulifiers - Monday, November 9, 2009

The Varsity cheerleaders traveled to Northwestern High School, in Rock Hill, SC Monday evening and their performance qualified them to advance to the State Finals again this year. Congratulations girls!

 Debbie Rogers Cheer Classic - Saturday, November 7, 2009



The MAV JV and Varsity cheerleaders competed in the Debbie Rogers Cheer Classic on Saturday, Nov. 7 at  the Colonial Center in Columbia, SC. Both teams took 4th place in this very large, state wide competition. We are so very proud of our MAV Cheerleaders!

To see additional pictures, go to the schedule box at the top of the page and click on the camera icon beside the event.



Mauldin vs. Hillcrest, Nov. 6, 2009  (photos courtesy of Gwinn Davis)

Haley Freeman, Kelsey Starr, Alexa Emerson, Brittany Fritz, Brya Twine & Kaitlyn Styles

Ivy Cook & Meghan McDonough

Raven McKinney, Laura Allen, Haley Freeman, Alexa Emerson & Kelsey Starr

Ivy Cook, Brittany Richards, Allison Malone & Courtney Finley

Jordyn Lyles & Haley Freeman

Meghan McDonough, Ivy Cook, Brittany Richards & Courtney Finley


Region 2 4A Competition - Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009



The MHS Varsity cheerleaders competed against 5 other Region 2 4A teams Wednesday night at Hillcrest High School to win first place and be named 2009 Regional Champions. Second place went to Dorman High, 3rd to Boiling Springs High, 4th to Spartanburg High, 5th to Hillcrest High and 6th place to Brynes High. Named to All-Region for the MAVS team were Michele Winters, Kristyn Ternberg, Raven McKinney, Dru Craft, Jessica Costlow and McKenzie Smith. Congratulations to all the Varsity Cheerleaders!


To see additional pictures, go to the schedule box at the top of the page and click on the camera icon beside the event.


Dorman Invitational - Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009



The MAV JV and Varsity Cheerleaders competed against other teams in the state at the Dorman Invitational, at Dorman High School on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. This was by far the largest competition that our cheerleaders have participated in this season with JV competing against 6 other teams and Varsity competing against 8 other teams. Our Varsity cheerleaders tied with Dorman for 4th place in the division 4A competition while the JV squad took 2nd place in the 4A JV division. Congradulations to all of our girls. We are so proud of you!




To see additional pictures, go to the schedule box at the top of the page and click on the camera icon beside the event.


October 23, 2009  Mauldin vs. Boiling Springs  (photos courtesy of Gwinn Davis)

Jessica Costlow

Allison Malone and Brittany Richards

Cameron Slenski

Jordyn Lyles & Mariessa Murphy

Kaitlyn Styles

Mav fans make the trip to Boiling Springs

Haley Freeman & Jessica Costlow

Jordyn Lyles

Dru Craft

Allison Malone

Coaches Betty Mitchell and Beth Ward with some of our most loyal fans

Cameron Slenski, Jordyn Lyles & Mariessa Murphy

Brittany Richards


 October 16, 2009  Mauldin vs. Spartanburg  -  Senior Night  (photos courtesy of Gwinn Davis)

Mariessa Murphy

Hailey Freeman, Jessica Costlow & Laura Allen

Sterlin Choice

Jordyn Lyles & Mariessa Murphy

Kaitlyn Styles

Hailey Freeman, Meghan McDonough & Ivy Cook

Cameron Slenski

Alexa Emerson, Kaitlyn Styles & Jessica Costlow

Laura Allen

Kelsey Starr, Hailey Freeman & McKenzie Smith

Dru Craft

 Legends of the South Competition - Saturday, Oct. 10


The MAV JV and Varsity Cheerleaders competed against other upstate teams in the Legends of the South Competition at Littlejohn Colliseum on the Clemson University campus, on Saturday October 10th, 2009. The Varsity Cheerleaders took 2nd place in the division 4A competition and the JV squad took 1st place and was awarded Grand Champions of the 4A JV division. Congradulations to all of our girls on another great performance!

To see additional pictures, go to the schedule box at the top of the page and click on the camera icon beside the event.

October 9, 2009   Mauldin vs. Dorman in 2009 Homecoming Game (Photos courtesy of Gwinn Davis)

Dru Craft

Laura Allen

Kristyn Ternberg and Meghan McDonough

Raven McKinney

Ivy Cook and Jordyn Lyles

Kaitlyn Styles

Brittany Richards

Kristyn Ternberg

Jordyn Lyles

McKenzie Smith

Jordyn Lyles, Kristyn Ternberg and Meghan McDonough 

 Wildcat Competition - Saturday, Oct. 3

The MAV JV and Varsity Cheerleaders competed in the Wildcat Competition Saturday, Oct. 3, at Woodmont High School.  Both JV and Varisty won first place in 4A competition! Varisty also tied with Liberty High (2A) in total points across all divisions. Our girls are awesome!

To see additional pictures, go to the schedule box at the top and click on the event.



 October 2, 2009   Mauldin Vs. Easley  (pictures courtesy of Gwinn Davis)

The girls are pumped!

Michele Winters

Dancing the night away . . .

Ivy Cook

The flyers are up!

Haley Freeman

Stomp, stomp, stomp . . .

Kaitlyn Styles and Hannah Page

You go girls!

Brittany Richards

Don't . . . drop . . . her . . .

Kelsey Starr

Doing what they do best

Meghan McDonald

Haley Freeman & Courtney Finely


See???? Right there!

Jordyn Lyles and Brittany Richards

Cheering the team to another victory

Kristyn Ternberg and Hayley Smith 


 Rams Invitational - Saturday, Sept. 26

The MAV JV and Varsity Cheerleaders competed Saturday, September 26 in the Rams Invitational at Hillcrest High School. Both teams won first place in their division and Varsity won Grand Champions!

Photo courtesy of Bem Rivers

Front Row (L to R) - Hailey Freeman, Kelsey Starr, Cameron Slenski, Mariessa Murphy, Jessica Costlow

Second Row - Dru Craft, Hayley Smith, Ivy Cook, Kristin Ternberg, Raven McKinney, Allison Malone, Coach Molly

Third Row - Coach Beth, Stirlin Choice, Laura Allen, Hannah Page, Brya Twine, Jordyn Lyles, Courtney Finlay, McKinzie Smith

Back Row - Kaitlyn Styles, Alexa Emerson, Michele Winters, Brittany Richards, Meghan McDonough, Brittany Fritz, Coach Betty

To see additional pictures, go to the schedule box at the top and click on the event.


  September 18, 2009  Mauldin VS. Westside  (Pictures courtesy of Gwinn Davis)


Ivy Cook, Haley Freeman, Jordyn Lyles

Sterlin Choice

Mariessa Murphy & Jessica Costlow

Dru Craft

Ivy Cook & Meghan McDonough

Courtney Finley, Brya Twine, Brittany Fritz, Kelsey Starr

Allison Malone

McKenzie Smith, Kristyn Ternberg, Dru Craft, Kelsey Starr

Ivy Cook

Kelsey Starr & Haley Freeman

Meghan McDonough, Mariessa Murphy, Cameron Slenski

Brya Twine, Jordyn Lyles, Ivy Cook

Jordyn Lyles & Allison Malone

Sterlin Choice

Kelsey Starr, Sterlin Choice & Courtney Finley 

 September 10, 2009   Mauldin VS. T.L. Hanna    (Pictures courtesy of Gwinn Davis)

Front Row, left to right: Courtney Finley, Alexa Emerson, Jordyn Lyles, Michele Winters, Hannah Page, Brittany Fritz, Kaitlyn Styles

Back Row, left to right: Sterlin Choice, Meghan McDonough, Kristyn Ternberg, Laura Allen, Brittany Richards, Hayley Smith, Ivy Cook

Brittany Richards

Hayley Smith, Ivy Cook, Kaitlyn Styles & Sterlin Choice

Kaitlyn Styles

Front: Courtney Finley, Alexa Emerson, Jordyn Lyles, Michele Winters, Hannah Page, Brittany Fritz

Back: Meghan McDonough, Kristyn Ternberg, Laura Allen, Brittany Richards 

   September 4, 2009  Mauldin Vs. J.L. Mann   (Pictures courtesy of Gwinn Davis)


Cameron Slenski & Mariessa Murphy

Laura Allen, Jessica Costlow, Hannah Page, Michele Winters & Raven McKinney

Hayley Smith, Allison Malone & Brittany Richards

Mav Cheerleaders capture the attention of the camera crew

Dru Craft, Kelsey Starr, McKenzie Smith & Cameron Slenski

Kaitlyn Styles, Alexa Emerson & Dru Craft

Allison Malone

Here come the MAVS

Kelsey Starr, Hayley Smith, Dru Craft & Alexa Emerson  August 28, 2009  Mauldin Vs. Hillcrest  (Pictures courtesy of Gwinn Davis)




Kaitlyn Styles, Jessica Costlow, Sterlin Choice, Hannah Page & Alexa Emerson

Laura Allen, Brittany Fritz, Ivy Cook, Meghan McDonough, Brya Twine

Dru Craft, Raven Mckinney, Michele Winters, Laura Allen

Allison Malone, Courtney Finley, Brittany Richards & Mckenzie Smith

Hayley Smith, Kristyn Ternberg, Jordyn Lyles, Kelsey Starr, Hailey Freeman, Cameron Slensky & Mariessa Murphy

                                Coach Betty Mitchell & Coach Beth Ward

Sterlin Choice

Ivy Cook

Alexa Emerson

Kaitlyn Styles

Cameron Slensky

Kristyn Ternberg

                                            (Pictures courtesy of Christi Craft)


 No doubt, MHS has a great cheerleading legacy.  Almost every year for the past 20, the MAVS have had at least one cheerleader to go on and cheer at the college level. Below is a list of our collegate cheerleaders.

Mauldin Collegate Cheerleaders
Name: Grad. Yr. University:
Larissa Rogers 1989 USC
Sandra Reid 1991 Clemson
Adriane Leake 1994 Winthrop
Emily Cox 1995 USC
Stephanie Atkins 1997 USC; Hawaii Pacific
Melanie Reid 1996 Clemson
Kyia Sullivan 1997 Winthrop
Becky Bartlett 1998 College of Charleston
Kristy Gray 1998 College of Charleston
Hillary Dann 1999 Clemson - JV
Sarina Shahroozi 1999 Clemson - JV
Courtney Cranford 2000 Clemson
Carina Garcia 2001 University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Kellie Patterson 2002 USC
Lauren Ekman 2002 USC
Michelle McDonough 2003 Clemson
Chelsea Baltz 2004 Clemson
Kara Fischer 2004 Clemson
Matt Jacobs 2006 USC
Ashley Jamison 2006 Winthrop
Janell Choice 2007 Newberry
Lexi Heidelberger  2007 USC
Amanda Miller 2008 Clemson
Kylie Hawkins 2008 Presbyterian College
Stephanie Zeady 2009 USC
Libby Wallin 2009 Furman

 Annual MAVS Booster Blitz, August 23, 2009

Front (L to R) Hannah P, Hayley S, Jordyn L, Kristyn T, Brittany R, Allison M, Raven M, Laura A

Middle (L to R) Kaitlyn S, Kelsey S, Hailey F, Dru C, Brya T, Michele W, Courtney F, Jessica C

Back (L to R) Brittany F, Alexa E, Ivy C, Mariessa M, Cameron S, Sterlin C

Ivy Cook, Meghan McDonald, Michelle Winters & Raven McKinney

Kelsey Starr, Haley Freeman & Dru Craft

Allison Malone & Brittany Richards

Courtney Finley, Laura Allen, Meghan McDonough, Brya Twine & Michelle Winters

Beth Ward & Cynthia Starr

Ivy Cook, Meghan McDonough, Hayley Smith, Allison Malone & Brittany Richards 


 2009 Cheer Camp, June 22 - 25



Mariessa Murphy &  Cameron Slenski with a little camper

Ivy Cook and Allison Malone

Campers perform in stunt groups on Parents Day

Haley Freeman

Brya Twine

Megan McDonough

Mariessa Murphy steals a kiss.

Courtney Finley and Ivy Cook

Kristyn Ternburg, Mariessa Murphy and Alexa Emerson




Congratulations to MHS Cheerleader Kelsey Starr! 

Kelsey cheered competitively for Mauldin High for 6 years (since 7th grade)  Clemson try-outs were April 30th- May 2nd and she was chosen for the All-Girl Squad and will cheer at football and basketball games.