VIDEO: Tewksbury High Cheerleaders Place Second At State Championships
Nov 24, 2014 10:52AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Gallery: Tewksbury High Competes At The 2014 State Cheerleading Championships [12 Images] Click any image to expand.
The Redmen, captained by Paige Winn, Colleen Kelly and Corinne Doyle, put together an outstanding performance, only to be edged out by Grafton High for first place in the Small School Co-Ed Division. (Scroll down for a video of the TMHS performance at States.)
"Grafton has a great team. They had some great skills," said Tewksbury Coach Kim Doherty. "During the photo session, our kids went up to them and shook their hands and congratulated them. The (Grafton) coaches came up to me and were really impressed. They said 'you've got some really good kids.'"
By placing second out of seven teams competing in their division, Tewksbury earned it's first-ever bid to Nationals. It caps a season in which the team brought home first-place trophies in five competitions, including its first-eve MVC Championship and first-ever Regional Championship.
"I told our (athletes) this was a history making season for us," said Doherty. "To win our first MVC and get our first bid to Nationals. I told them that we made history this year and they should be really proud of what we've accomplished."
2014 was a history making season in another way for the Redmen. With the addition of two boys to the squad, this was the first year Tewksbury was competing as a co-ed team.
Tewksbury has some options available, as to which national competition it participates in. A decision will be made based on scheduling availability, fund-raising and School District approval. Doherty said she expects the team would be competing in January or February.
The roster for the 2014 Tewksbury High Cheerleading Team:
Captain Paige Winn (Base/Elite Tumbler)Captain Colleen Kelly (Base/EliteTumbler)Captain Corinne Doyle (Base/Elite Tumbler)Devin Souza (Back Spot/Elite Tumbler)Brooke McCarthy (Back Spot/EliteTumbler)Christine Connelly (Flier/Base/Elite Tumbler)Danielle Souza (Front Spot/Base/Elite Tumbler)Elisa Madden (Flier/Front Spot/Elite Tumbler)Dede Somerville (Elite Flier/Elite Tumbler)Heather Doyle (Base/Back Spot/Tumbler)Julia Winn (Base/Back Spot/Elite Tumbler)Justin Petrie (Back Spot/Elite Tumbler)Kendyl Spinelli (Base/Tumbler)Sam Schultz (Flier/Front Spot/Elite Tumbler)Meg Arsenault (Base/Back/Tumbler)Katelyn Wentworth (Base/Front Spot/Tumbler)Sam Anderson (Back/Front Spot/Tumbler)Nicole Broderick (Back/Front Spot/Tumbler)Meg Johnston (Base/Tumbler)Nicole McCarthy (Base/Tumbler)Leah Fanning (Injured-out for the season)Jessica Ripley (Injured-out for the season)
Tewksbury High Competes At The 2014 State Cheerleading Championships