UPDATE: The varsity cheerleading team finished fifth out of 24 teams in the Suffolk County Championship held on February 24 at West Islip High School! They were just edged out for fourth place by 0.8 points!)
In just its first year competing as a sport in Suffolk County Section XI, William Floyd varsity cheerleading has reached the Suffolk County Championship, a competition among the 24 best programs who will square off against each other for a shot at the crown at West Islip High School on February 24. Led by head coach Alyssa Cabrera, the Colonials finished with a No. 8 ranking out of 17 teams in Division I.
Training started in July for the Colonials and they set their sights on a lofty goal – making it to the Suffolk Championship in year one.
“I am so proud of these girls!” said Coach Cabrera. “This is a great accomplishment for the team and an amazing beginning to the ‘up-and-coming’ competitive cheerleading program. We had many amazing, spot-on routines but we knew it was going to be tough facing teams that have been competing nationally for years,” added Coach Cabrera. “We held our own and did our best every competition.”
Among the highlights this season are a first-place finish in the Section XI Cheer Competition in December, several top-five finishes along the way and a second-place finish to conclude the season at Smithtown West.
Qualifying for the county championship is not the only achievement for the William Floyd cheerleaders this season as they took home second place in the “Team Up 4 Community” Long Island Holiday Sports Heroes Video Challenge for raising more than $1,500 for New York Cancer and Blood Specialists, a charity that is near and dear to the hearts of the student-athletes. For their efforts, they earned a $1,500 grant for the program.
Story by Thomas Reilly, Public Relations Intern
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