LISBON – Just as in any sport, making tweaks and adjustments on the go are common.
For Cheerleading (Spirit Teams), things are always changing.
On Friday evening, both the Heuvelton and Malone Cheerleading teams did just that claiming titles at the 10th annual Lisbon Central School Cheerleading competition which drew record number of teams and a record attendance.
Two junior varsity teams, six Varsity B clubs, and five Varsity A units assembled at Lisbon.
We had a great competition. Every division was pretty tight. The turnout was great, said Lisbon coach Beth Hooper.
We took second at Edwards-Knox, first at OFA and second tonight but its been a tough week for our team. Alyshia Murray got hurt early in the week, we practiced two days with a changed routine and today Alyshia got cleared this morning and we went back to our normal routine and it probably wasnt tight enough. But Im proud of the way the girls worked this week.
The Knights scored 213.2 points but Heuvelton claimed its second title of the season with 217.7 points.
At OFA, they really didnt give many comments on our sheet but as a group we knew what we needed to work on, said Heuvelton coach Mandy McNamara. I thought we came out and did a good job at everything including tumbling.
The Bulldogs captained by Derek Fenton, Katie Bates, and Shelby Williams and composed of Alexis Sawyer, Ashlyn Foster, Taylor Wing, Rachael Sharlow, Natalie Chambers, Leslie teRiele, Shaynne Willard, Brooke Armstrong, Eliza Jane Hamilton, Sydney Sargent, Victoria Scott, Viktoria Peck, Frankie Jo Besio, Shay Brenno, Breanna Cooper, Sydney Thornhill and Katie Palmer will be looking for back to back championships hosting their own competition today at Noon.
Morriah finished third in Varsity B with 208.5 while Edwards-Knox was solid with 195.9. Hermon-DeKalb entering their first competition in several years at Lisbon took fifth with 145.5 while Clifton-Fine scored 140.5.
Meanwhile, the Varsity A championship was claimed by Malone with 225.3 points rebounding from a third at OFA.
Our expression was better than at OFA and we added some more tumbling and vocal things to our routine, said Malone coach Karen Johnson.
Basically, we worked hard this week.
The Huskies were captained by Karissa Beaudry, Taylor Simmons, Hannah Dustin and composed of Sarah Benware, Alyssa Bombard, Alexah Burgess, Brooke Clookey, Renee Grant, Toni Grant, Marissa Hungerford, Keri Lamica, Kiana Lamica, Jordan Marshall, Keisha Mayville, Bethany McGovern, Elizabeth Meraz, Kaytlin Mussaw, Natasha Nelson, Katelyn Oliver, Kearstin Smith, Danni Ann St. Mary, and Mackenzie Wilson.
Gouverneur took second with 200.1 points while Massena entered third with 194.1.
Beekmantown took fourth at 185.2 while OFA placed fifth at 164.3.
Malone also won the overall Spirit Award.
Heuvelton won the Basket Toss and Extension contest while Malone had four teams entered in the Stunt Group competition and went unopposed.
The Moriah JVs claimed the Junior Varsity competition with a 207-152 win over Edwards-Knox.
Madison Morgan, Morgan Sadowski, Sarah Anderson, Sydney Dawkins, Lauren Evans, Macayla Flanigan, Sydney Langey, Brooke Mildon, and Somer Scorsome composed the winning Viking squad.