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.
Agnesini read off the names of the top five teams at the Section XI Championships, an inaugural competition after cheerleading officially became a sanctioned sport in 2014.
“And for the very first time in Suffolk County history, the Division I small school champion …” Agnesini said. “Rocky Point!”
A perennial powerhouse in competitive cheerleading long before the sport became official in New York, the Eagles won the honor as one of four teams to be crowned a county champion in the four separate divisions.
The Riverhead Blue Waves were the final team to compete among the 11 in the final session Saturday for Division I, small school. The Blue Waves missed out on a top-five finish, which went to Comsewogue (5), Hauppauge (4), Smithtown West (3) and Smithtown East (2).
The team’s exact scores weren’t immediately announced, only the places of the top five teams.
Rocky Point advances to the state championships. In the first competition of the day, Shoreham-Wading River placed second in Division II, small schools. The teams all qualified for the county meet by competing at various Section XI meets throughout the winter season.
See more photos of the Blue Waves below: