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12/31/15 6:00am
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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

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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

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Riverhead's varsity cheerleading team performs in Orlando, Fla. this morning at nationals. (Credit: courtesy photo)

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.

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The Riverhead varsity cheerleaders placed 20th at Nationals today in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

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…)

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Riverhead cheerleaders perform during halftime of a football game Nov. 16. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

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…)