LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. – “Pac! Pac! Attack!” rang through the Arlington High School gymnasium as the Mahopac High School varsity cheerleaders took to the mat in the Section 1 Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, Feb. 29.
The team invigorated the crowd and scored big to earn runner-up in the coed division.
“I am so incredibly proud of this team,” said Coach Jasmine DeCosmo said. “We started this season just hoping to make something work, and the end result at sectionals truly amazed me. I am so honored to say I coached this amazing group of athletes.”
Throughout the competition season, the captains, senior Isabella Diaz and junior Ariela Berisha, piloted their teammates, senior Jude Besharat, juniors Emily Reda and Samantha Correa, sophomore Jenna Duffy, freshman Owen Klein, and eighth graders Alexis LeBlanc and Isabella Chiodi to first-place wins at Dover and Ketcham, a second-place win at the Westchester County Center, and a third-place win at John Jay–East Fishkill.
Diaz and Berisha secured spots on the All-League team, and Berisha earned a spot on the All-Section team.
“This team has overcome many challenges this season. In just a few short months we have welcomed new teammates and had to overcome injuries and sicknesses,” said Coach Kailyn Riefenhauser said. “Their dedication, teamwork and love for this sport are truly inspiring. We wish our seniors the best of luck next year—we love you all!”