CEDAR GROVE, NJ - While the debate on whether cheerleading is a sport or not continues, nobody can deny the hard work that competitive cheerleaders put in to execute technically and athletically challenging routines time and time again.  For Cedar Grove High School, the hours of practice and dedication paid off with a impressive season.

"This team had an amazing season. Like every sport we had to overcome some obstacles, but when it came time to perform each athlete brought their best package to the mat and always rose to occasion," said head coach Alyssa Calixto.  "The Medium Varsity Cheer/Dance division was one of the toughest in the state this year."  

The team attended nine competitions and took home five first place wins, three second place finishes and placed 5th at the Battle at the Boardwalk Nationals in Atlantic City. 

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Despite tough competition, the team ended the season stronger than ever, taking the Group 1 State Championship title.  

The members of the team are:  Seniors Madison D'Argenio, Alissa Cristello, Remi Dente and Dominique Long, Juniors Mikaela Lynch,Christine Maxwell, Chella Piotrowski, Donna D'Alessio, Sara Bianco, Skyler Soto and Maddie Bolzau, sophomores Nichole DeAngelo, Nicole Kelly and Samantha Lay, freshmen Mary Lisa Monahan, Sophia Woljcik and Erin LaSala.