Blackhawks Cheerleaders Make Historic Journey to the Div. 4 N.E. Championship
Mar 28, 2019 06:00AM
By Pamela Johnson
written by Christine Doyle, Contributing Writer
Going “full out” in cheerleading means performing a 2-minute-30-second routine consisting of elite stunting and advanced tumbling and jump sequences at maximum effort and power. This is exactly what the Bellingham Blackhawks Varsity Cheerleaders did this winter season.
On February 24 the team, led by captains Casey Montgomery and Emily Champagne, competed in the Tri-Valley League Competition hosted by Milford High School. They gave an excellent performance, earning second place for their efforts, as well as the opportunity to move on to the Central Regional Championship in Natick on March 3. As they had done the previous week, the team went full out for another second-place win.
This win extended their season and allowed them to move ahead to the Division 4 State Championship at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge on March 10. A little snow and a 4-hour delay did not slow the girls’ forward momentum. Placing an impressive 2nd in the state, they made Bellingham history by being the first to make it all the way to the Division 4 New England Championship at Worcester State University on March 16. The girls competed with the top teams from RI, MA, CT, ME and NH. The team put all their efforts and hearts into this performance and finished the season with 5th place against the best of the best.
Coaches Tracey Elliot and Tina Haynes could not be more pleased with how solidly the girls had performed. Elliot said, “Hard work and dedication have brought them this far. Our amazing season has come to an end, but this is just the beginning for Blackhawk Cheerleading. We are one team, one heart!”
All these high marks, three trophies and the historic win have made this one of the most memorable cheerleading teams in quite some time. Congratulations, Blackhawk Varsity Cheerleaders!