OFA, Heuvelton, M-W Win Cheerleading Crowns
Updated: Feb 24
Section 10's Championship Week opened Sunday in a tidal wave of drama and emotion as OFA, Heuvelton and Madrid-Waddington earned Division title at the Section 10 Championships before a huge crowd at Maxcy Hall. The majority of the fans came wearing their colors and wearing their hearts on this sleeves.
"This is the sixth year we have had this event and it has been closest scores that I have ever seen," said SUNY Canton Cheerleading Coach Joey Boswell who served as the Master of Ceremonies.
"The teams all performed so well and these scores are so close. I am getting emotional just reading them. This is an outstanding event. Carl Normandin (Section 10 Athletic Coordinator) and Missy Cutler (Section 10 Cheerleading Chairperson) deserve a lot of credit for putting this together. And all of coaches ready did a great job. These are outstanding teams."
Amid a floor of tears of joy, OFA won its first Large Team Championship ever, Heuvelton returned to the states with its first Small Team Championship and Madrid-Waddington won its first sectional title ever as the Co-Ed Division Champions.
The three championship squads will advance to the New York State Championships on March 7 at Rochester Institute of Technology. Tickets can be purchased on line for $8 or at the site for $10.
M-W Coach Danielle Armstrong was honored as the Section 10 Coach of Year for leading the Yellow Jacket program into the competitive ranks and lifting it to the championship level with the help of her assistant coach Emily Hurley.
"I have been coaching cheerleading at our school for 10 years and we have worked very hard in the last six years. It takes an incredible amount of dedication to become a good competitive team," said Coach Armstrong.
OFA, coached by Jackie Pinkerton and Victoria Peabody, outscored Lisbon a competition high 71.825 points 70.425 and ended the Golden Knights' remarkable string of five straight sectional titles and state meet appearances.
"I was worried about the pyramid but the girls nailed it," said Coach Pinkerton.
As the top scorer in the sectionals the Blue Devils claimed Grand Champion honors with Lisbon, coached by Jordan Woodside, placing second and Heuvelton, coached by Mandi McNamara and Frankie Jo Besio, taking third at 70.05.
Members of the OFA team are: Evely Arras, Melissa Barr, Mikaela Bova, Arianna David, Kaylee Gilbert, Aubrionna Jenney, Hailey Lindley, Ella O'Neil, Isabelle Powers, Katherine Barkley, Taylor Bell, Rylee Bresett, Kaydence Fraser, Delia Hooper, Emma LaFlair, MaKayla LaFlair, Sadie O'Neil, Hailey Weber, Brooke Barr, Caitlin Beyette, Tava Colburn, Emily French, Summer Jenks, Allison Latimer, Myah Myers, Erin Perretta and Abby Williams.
Heuvelton's total prevailed over strong performances by Malone at 66.975 and Gouverneur at 66.125. Brushton-Moira and Morristown placed fourth and fifth. The Heuvelton coaches also direct the Heuvelton Youth Cheering Team which wowed the crowd and showed the sky's the limit potential with its exhibition performance.
Heuvelton's varsity squad features: Kara Ashlaw, Ashleigh Calton, Luna Kirby, Sabrina Osuch, Carley Simmons, Lindsey Barnett, Kaitlyn Dietschweiler, Payton McDevitt, Adreannah Rishe, Lydia Vaughan, Deanna Bellinger, Larissa Hays, Sydney Morley, Emily Rybak and Megan Woodard.
Madrid-Waddington shaded Edwards-Knox 63.55-62.05 for the Co-Ed Division title and up-and-coming Clifton-Fine placed third at 58.425.
The Yellow Jackets squad features: Hanna Ahrens, Olivia Bush,. Julia Domena, Hannah Kirby, Emma Maskell, Kassidy Roberts, Maddison Armstrong, Cassidy Hargrave, Timothy Lashua, Raven Murphy, Madison White, Megan Burwell, Emma Davis, Marissa Hawkins, Emma Martin, Shaylyn Reed and Meredith White.