RANDOLPH, NJ--The Randolph Rams High School Competition Cheer team competed well at the Garden State Open Competition, placing fourth for their cheer music routine and second for their game day performance. The competition was held at Bridgewater High School on Sunday, Jan. 12.
“Well, considering that we lost a flyer last night, I think we did pretty good” said co-captain Emily Tully, who is a senior at RHS. On the Saturday before the competition, the squad found out that a key member of the team was not going to be able to make it. This caused the team to have to re-work the routine with limited time left.
Despite this setback, the team worked together as a family. Tully said, “I love cheering with a great group of people and I don’t think I would be as happy as I am if I didn’t cheer because all these people have been my best friends over the four years.” Being a senior, Tully commented that she has grown close with all of these girls, and they have become more than just a team.
The Game Day Cheer routine is in a separate category from the normal cheer music routine. The Game Day routine is a combination of band dances, tumbling, and cheers that are meant to simulate those at a game. This differs from a cheer music routine because the music routines feature multiple dances and stunting combinations as well as tumbling and a cheer.
“I like helping the athletes grow as not only cheerleaders but as young women,” head coach Nick Longo said. “It’s been a challenge but a positive challenge.”
The Randolph Competition Cheer team already received a bid to nationals for both routines. They will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, on February 5 to compete against teams from all over the country.
“It’s helped me grow as a coach,” Longo said while reflecting on the season so far.
“It’s helped me find new ways and techniques to teach and help kids build confidence.”
Editor's Note: Emily Gibb and Grace Murphy are students at RHS participating in a journalism program