Bethel High School’s Varsity Cheerleading team is wrapping up its competition season. After participating in two events, the team of twenty girls has one meet remaining in which they enter with high spirits. Captain Brittany Shea says, “Every girl on the team has worked extremely hard to help take our routine to the next level.”
The squad’s first competition was the Greyhound Showdown, a local event where the team placed second. At the Greyhound Showdown, seniors also competed in Top Gun Stunting Competition where one stunt group goes out and competes individually. These seniors won first place in their division.
The second competition was the South West Conference; Bethel placed thirteenth out of fifteen teams. “The team’s effort and dedication was great. Our score almost doubled from the competition before that,” explains Shea. The team would have placed many places higher if the judges didn’t deduct 50 points from their overall score for a safety violation.
“I’m proud to say that our goal for more advanced stunting has been accomplished,” says Shea. “Four out of our team’s five stunt groups are able to twist down from the stunt. Also, our bases and backspotters are extremely strong and our flyers are all extremely flexible and talented.” Shea adds, “As captain, I am also extremely proud that several girls on our team are able to tumble.”
As for next season, Shea says, “Competition season is going to be amazing. I’m confident that the team will be amazing because of the dedication each girl shows everyday. The squad’s strength and determination will continue to grow, which will help them do really well.”
Shea and fellow captain Lizzie Furniss credit their coaches Elizabeth Reynolds and Sarah Hartley for their organization and dedication to making them into the best team they could be.
The girl’s last competition will be held March 5th at East Haven High School. Bethel will compete against all other teams in their division. Be there at 1 pm to show your support for the Bethel High School cheerleading team!