Competition Cheerleading Wins Region!
In their first year competing in Region 6-AA, the Blessed Trinity competition cheerleaders pulled off the performance of a lifetime and captured the region championship.
The squad competed against Greater Atlanta Christian and Buford High School. This is the BT cheerleader's 5th year competing in Georgia High School Association's cheerleading, and the 3rd year bringing home the region championship trophy.
According to BT’s head competition cheerleading coach, Rosemarie Gentile, the win was especially sweet and deserving. “This has been a rough year for the competition squad in many regards. First we have a fairly new squad with eight freshmen. Also we moved down to a tougher division in cheerleading so we were now competing against more experienced and better squads. We went to five competitions and did not win first place in any of them. The girls were a little down about this and I think that they felt like they really didn’t have a shot at regionals,” she said.
The week leading up to regions was a particularly tough one with injuries: one of the girls reinjured her ankle while another one pulled a ligament in her wrist the day before regions.
“The last practice before regional’s did not go so well, and I sent them home to rest, regroup, and remember what we were trying to accomplish,” commented Gentile. “Come Saturday morning, they had a great warm up. They had a great attitude going into it and we told them, ‘Do not go out there on that mat thinking that you do not have a shot at winning because you do.’ They went out on that floor and did the performance of a lifetime. Everything hit, they had this fantastic energy going, and the crowd loved them!
“We were so proud of them that we told them afterwards that it didn’t matter to us whether they came home with the trophy or not, in our eyes they had just won. I have never seen the girls so emotional nor have I ever been as emotional as I was that day. It was priceless. I think it really made them realize that if they truly believe and put their heart into something, there is no stopping them,” beamed a proud Gentile.
The competition cheerleaders are now headed to Columbus, Georgia, where they will compete for the state championships. They are scheduled to compete this Saturday, November 8, at 9:00am, at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia. The gates open at 8:00am and admission is $10.
Members include: Willow Cantwell, Tara Crosby, Elizabeth Danish, Kellie Dickinson, Katherine Glowacki, Corey Hagemeyer, Melissa Hamel, Caitlin Ivie, Eileen Morgan, Hailey Palmer, Bridget Quinn, Courtney Quinn, Olivia Steimle, Kara Stultz, Taylor Thomas, Kelly Wise, Alyssa Fite, Kara Hoffman, Emily Imperiale, Amber Martinez, and Samantha Nadolski.