TOP PHOTO: Sophia Fritts cheered as a Jacksboro Eagle, a Campbell Cougar and will now cheer as an ETSU Buccaneer.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Surrounded by family, friends and her fellow teammates, Sophia Fritts signed to become an ETSU Buccaneer’s cheerleader on Monday morning. 

Fritts said she chose ETSU because she fell in love with the campus when she toured it in November. 

“The campus was gorgeous and everyone was so sweet and then when I went to the cheer clinic, the team was so encouraging, I knew I wanted to be part of the team,” Fritts said. 

She was a cheerleader at Jacksboro Middle School for three years and a cheerleader at CCHS all four years. Prior to that, she said she was a competitive gymnast, which is what got her into cheerleading.

Fritts said she plans to major in Marketing with a focus on entrepreneurship while at college. She already runs her own small bakery business called “Just Baked Macs” and said she plans on continuing with her business after college. 

“I’ve always loved the idea of having my own business, so when I found out ETSU had that focus, it was a perfect match,” Fritts said.

Campbell County High School Cheerleader Coach Bre Price spoke briefly about what a “role model” Sophia has been.

“She is an incredible role model. Our loss is ETSU’s gain. We are so proud of you,” Coach Bre Price said.

Campbell County High School Athletic Director Matt Price said he was proud of Fritts as well.

“This is a big day for Sophia, her family, the cheer team and our high school as well. I know Sophia will represent us well, ” Matt Price said. 

Fritts said she wanted to say a big thank you to her cheer coaches, including her middle school cheer coach Beverly Huddleston, and her coaches at CCHS Carabeth Niddifer and Bre Price. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/02/2023-6AM)