UPDATE (10:45 p.m.): Riverhead placed 14th in the finals Sunday of the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championship. Sachem East (ninth) and Longwood (sixth) were the top school from Suffolk County in Small Varsity Division I. READ
All the hard work comes down to 2 minutes and 30 seconds on the mat. The tumbling, the synchronization, the cheers must all come together just right for the cheerleading team to impress the judges. READ
The Shoreham-Wading River High School cheerleading squad won’t be going to the New York State championships in Syracuse next weekend, but that’s OK for the Wildcats. They felt they had accomplished what they needed to do at the Suffolk County Division 2 small schools championship at Longwood High School on Saturday morning.
It felt like a party, a big old party. A disc jockey played music. People danced in the stands, there were plenty of smiles to go around and the atmosphere was festive.
Smiles could even be seen on the faces of the cheerleaders competing on the mat. Behind those smiles, undoubtedly, was the stress felt by the pressure to perform. All their hard work and preparation came down to a 2-minute, 30-second routine before a panel of four scoresheet judges and one safety judge, who evaluated the cheerleading teams for jumping, motions, dancing and stunting. READ
Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River made history in February by competing in the inaugural Section XI Cheerleading Championships. Cheerleading officially became a sanctioned sport in 2015 and the girls got their first chance to compete at a Section XI competition this year when the top teams in the county came together at Longwood High School. READ
Eleven of the top cheerleading teams in Suffolk County huddled together on the mat on Longwood High School Saturday afternoon as Rocky Point athletic director Amy Agnesini took the microphone. Each team nervously waited to hear their name called. READ
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