It was a year of firsts in cheerleading.
For the first time, the high-flying sport of tumbling and cheering officially was sanctioned as an official sport in the eyes of New York State. The long-awaited start to an official competitive cheerleading season began this year and the future looks bright for local teams. READ
The Riverhead cheerleading team set a lofty goal heading into its first competition of the competitive cheer season Sunday: Finish in the top three at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Pocono Regional in Kutztown, Penn. READ
Chelsea Werner could barely stand. Four hours of tumbling had taken its toll.
She had arrived at a clinic at Quinnipiac University in September eager to prove she belonged among the athletes vying for a spot on the acrobatics and tumbling team, a Division I program. READ
Eleven Shoreham-Wading River High School students will pursue college athletics next year. READ
Riverhead’s varsity cheerleading team performs in Orlando, Fla. this morning at nationals. (Credit: courtesy photo)
The Riverhead varsity cheerleading team is back in familiar territory today: the National High School Cheerleading Championship presented by Universal Cheerleaders Association.
The Riverhead varsity cheerleaders placed 20th at Nationals earlier this year. (Credit: courtesy)
It’s an activity in which strained tendons, split lips and the occasional concussion are expected — and your safety relies wholly on trusting your teammates to back you up and catch you when you fall.
It’s cheerleading — which last week was unanimously recognized as a sport by the New York State Board of Regents. To this I say, it’s about time.
Here’s why, based on my firsthand experience. (more…)
Riverhead’s junior varsity cheerleading team.
Is cheerleading a sport?
That debate has raged in the greater sports community for decades. (more…)
Riverhead cheerleaders perform during halftime of a football game Nov. 16. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth remembers attending cheerleading competitions for the first time sometime around the mid-90s. The Blue Waves were a newcomer to the competitive scene, a phenomenon just beginning to sweep Long Island.
“You go to those championships,” Groth said, “and you’re going to have one word come out: Wow.” (more…)