When there are Section V Championship trophies to hand out at cheerleading competitions, it seems certain that Fairport will take one back to its school.
Fairport earned the top score at the Section V Winter Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, the fourth consecutive season the team has won at a sectional competition.
Judges awarded Fairport’s 27-member team – there are also three alternates on the squad – a score of 115.95 in the Division I Large classification at Rochester Institute of Technology. Fairport has won at the last two Section V Fall and Winter Championships.
“That feeling of hitting a routine, that’s something not everyone gets to experience,” Fairport senior Whitney Huang said. “I get to experience this in my senior year, with a great group. It’s such a great feeling, amazing.”
Greece Athena, Webster Schroeder, Geneva, Hornell, Avon, Perry and Canaseraga joined Fairport as division winners and are eligible to compete at the state championships March 5 at Onondaga Community College. Warsaw and Wayne qualified for states with the highest scorers among the teams that finished second or lower in its division, according to Section V Cheerleading Committee coordinator Joanne Small.
“Devotion of the team is a factor,” Fairport senior Jess Cheer said. “We are a big family. Everyone has a job on the mat.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win. I wish we can keep experiencing it.”
Section V Winter Championships
At Rochester Institute of Technology
Top team scores:
Division I Large division: 1, Fairport 115.95; 2, Spencerport 111.65; 3, Webster Thomas 110.8; 4, Greece Arcadia 109.8; 5, Victor 106.05. Coach of the Year: Elaine McGurk (Fairport). Nancy Saxton Leadership Award: Emily Bischoff (Fairport).
Division I Small: 1, Greece Athena 109.8; 2, Penfield 109.1; 3, Hilton 108.9; 4, Rush-Henrietta 106.8; 5, Churchville-Chili 106.15. Coach of the Year: Rachel Telisky (Rush-Henrietta). Leadership: Lexa Sudore (Greece Athena).
Division Co-ed: 1, Webster Schroeder 111.0; 2, East Irondequoit Eastridge 108.9; 3, Honeoye Falls-Lima 102.35; 4, East Rochester 91.7; 5, Holley 86. Coach of the Year: Erica George (Webster Schroeder). Leadership: Gianna Guidice (Webster Schroeder).
Division 2 Large: 1, Geneva 93.4; 2, Letchworth 85.1; 3, Aquinas 84.5; 4, Byron-Bergen 71.75; 5, School of the Arts 69.05. Coach of the Year: Taylor Cook (Aquinas). Leadership: Alexis Russ (Geneva).
Division 2 Small A: 1, Hornell 104.9; 2, Wayne 101.45; 3, Livonia 101.2; 4, Mercy 101; 5, Batavia 98.9; Coach of the Year: Regi Gambino (Hornell). Leadership: Abbie Shick (Hornell).
Division 2 Small B: 1, Avon 115.0; 2, Warsaw 101.25; 3, Caledonia-Mumford 98.10; 4, Gananda 97.6; 5, Bloomfield 94.2. Coach of the Year: Shawn Loomis (Avon). Leadership: Carly Ambroselli (Avon).
Division 2 Small C: 1, Perry 102.6; 2, Red Jacket 98.4; 3, Keshequa 98.2; 4, Bolivar-Richburg 88.7; 5, Kendall 88. Coach of the Year: Cheryl Hayes (Perry). Leadership: Gipsie Prickett (Perry).
Division 2 Small D: 1, Canaseraga 88.0; 2, Batavia Notre Dame 86.0; 3, Avoca 81.6; 4, Jasper-Troupsburg 80.4; 5, Genesee Valley 75.7. Coach of the Year: Gay Fairbrother (Avoca). Leadership: Chelsea Brougton (Canaseraga).