Lisbon, OFA, M-W, Heuvelton Win Cheer Titles
BY DAVE SHEA
Despite the success of his Lisbon Central Cheerleading teams, Golden Knight Coach Jordan Woodside is always very emotional at the end of each competition.
On Sunday the 2020 Section 10 Competitive Cheerleading season opened at the OFA Blue Devil Competition with every cubic inch of the gym filled with cheerleaders and spectators. The Blue Devils and Golden Knights would compete one another in the Large Team Division for the first time.
The Devils performed first and rendered an outstanding routine.
Lisbon rose to the challenge with a performance and out pointed OFA 78.2-69.375 for the Large Team title and the Grand Champion Trophy for the team scoring the most points. OFA received the Large Team Division Spirit Award.
When the Knights' finished routine Coach Woodside raced out to the mat to congratulate his cheerleaders.
"It has been a very tough week. We had one girl suffer a fractured eye socket and couldn't compete today. We had to move things around and we really didn't hit it until today," said Coach Woodside.
"But we hit it today and we needed it because OFA brought their A game. It was a very good competition all the teams performed well. It was a great day for us with our Modified team also placing first"
Members of the Golden Knight squad are: Brea Ashley (Soph), Kate Ashley (Jr), Riley Baxter (Jr), Paige Carbino (Sr), Ivey Davison (Sr), Natalie Hyde (Jr), Chloe Jewtraw (Soph), Kaylee King (Fr), Naleigha Kinney (Jr), Gabrielle Kroeger (Sr), Calea LeBel (Soph), Delaney O'Brian (Soph), Saige Oshier (Fr), Kristian Perry (Sr), Megan Perry (Jr), Maya Randle (Sr), Cynthia Snyder (Jr), Brooklyn Stolz (Jr), Amanda Walker (Sr) and Claire Ward (Sr).
OFA took second overall and Co-Ed Division Champion Madrid-Waddington took third with 69.275 points.
Heuvelton placed first in Small Team Division with 66.6 points and placed fourth overall on a day when all 15 teams including two Modified teams and the exhibition Heuvelton Youth Club showed outstanding athleticism, energy and precision.
Edwards-Knox took second place in the Co-Ed Division with 64.275 points and Clifton-Fine placed third at 59.975 and won the Spirit Award. Gouverneur took second in the Small Team Division with 64.825 points, Peru placed third at 53.7 and Brushton-Moira took fourth and received the Spirit Award.
Lisbon outpointed Edwards-Knox 47.175-40.025 for Modified Division honors.
Members of the OFA Varsity squad are: seniors Evelyn Arras, Melissa Barr, Taylor Bell, Rylee Bresett, Emily French, Allison Latimer, Erin Perretta, Isabelle Powers and Hailey Webber; Barkley (8th), Brooke Barr (7th), Caitlin Beyette (8th), Mikaela Bova (9th), Tava Colburn (8th), Arianna David (Jr), Kaydence Fraser (9th), Kaylee Gilbert (Jr), Delia Hooper (8th), Summer Jenks (7th), Auybrionna Jenney (9th), Emma LaFlair (9th), Hailey Lindley (9th), MaKalya Masters, (9th) Myah Myers (9th), Ella O'Neil (9th), Sadie O'Neil (11th) and Abby Williams (7th).
"I was really happy with the girls, they performed great. Especially for a first competition of the season," said OFA Coach Jackie Pinkerton who is assisted by Victoria Peabody.
"We know we can improve as we move on in the competitions."
Members of the Small Division Champion Bulldog squad, coached by Mandi McNamara, are: Kara Ashlaw (Sr), Lindsey Barnett (Sr), Deanna Bellinger (So), Ashleigh Calton (8th), Kaitlyn Dietschweiler (Sr), Lanie Durham (9th), Larissa Hays (Sr), Luna Kirby (Sr), Payton McDevitt (Fr), Sydney Morley (Sr), Sabrina Osuch (Sr ), Adreannah Rishe (Soph), Emily Rybak (Soph), Carley Simmons (8th), Lydia Vaughan (Fr), Megan Woodard (Sr).
Members of the Madrid-Waddington's Co-E Division Championship team, coached by Danielle Armstrong and Emily Huntley, are: Hanna Ahrens, Olivia Bush, Julia Domena, Hannah Kirby, Emma Maskell, Kassidy Roberts, Maddison Armstrong, Alexis Cole, Cassidy Hargrave, Timothy Lahua, Raven Murphy, Madison White, Megan Burwell, Emma Davis, Marissa Hawkins, Emma Martin, Shaylyn Reed and Meredith White.
Lisbon's Modified Championship team, coached by McKenzie Church, featured Sophia Carter, Abby Johnson, Jocelyn Lazaro, Gabby Richardson, Emma Gravlin, Rylee Jones, Maddie LeBel, Megan Walker, Olivia Hitsman, Shane Lumpett, Kaylinn Martin and Madison Vesel.
The second competition of the season will be the Section 10 Qualifier on Friday at SUNY Potsdam. The Edwards-Knox Competition will be held on Feb. 16, the Lisbon Competition, which was postponed by the winter storm on Friday, will be held on Feb. 22 and the Section 10 Championships will be held at SUNY Potsdam on Feb. 23.
Dawn Merz, who MCed the event along with her husband and fellow radio personality Dave Dave Merz, is predicting a memorable season culminating with the crowning of Section 10 Large Team, Small Team and Co-Ed Division Champions in a electrified atmosphere.
"From what I have seen tonight we are going to see a great season. The teams finished so close and they are looking to see each other again.," said Dawn Merz.
"All of the teams rocked the mat tonight and from what I saw from the modified teams and the
youth team we are going to see outstanding teams in the future."
OFA CHEERLEADING COMPETITION
Grand Championship: Lisbon 78.2, OFA 69.375, Madrid-Waddington 69.275,
Small School Division: Heuvelton 66.6, Gouverneur 64.285, Peru 53.7, Beekmantown 47.9, Brushton-Moira 39.475, Morristown 38.025, St. Lawrence Central 36.575.
Large Team Division: Lisbon 78.2, OFA 69.375.
Co-Ed Division: Madrid-Waddington 69.275, Edwards-Knoxs 64.275, Clifton-Fine 59.875.
Modified: Lisbon 47.175, Edwards-Knox 40.025.
Exhibition; Heuvelton Youth Club.