MONTROSE, N.Y. - Yorktown’s varsity cheerleaders won the Fall Section 1 Large School-Small Division Championship at the Fall Sectionals Competition held at Hendrick Hudson High School on Nov 3. 

The victory was a big one for the Huskers, said their coach, Angela Battista. 

“To be able to place first at the fall sectionals meant a lot to our team,” Battista said. “It has always been a team goal of ours to place well at local competitions, especially a sectionals competition. It was our first competition, so it gave the team a lot of confidence moving forward and set the bar high for the upcoming winter season.” 

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The Husker cheerleaders put a lot of time and effort into their work, which enabled them to come away with the title.

“We start our fall season in the beginning of August and attend a cheer camp to really develop our skills for the upcoming season,” Battista said. “We practice four to five days a week and also attend a tumbling class once a week. At practice the girls are motivated to perfect their skills and the routine as a whole. The week leading up to fall sectionals we did many full-out practice runs of our routine and even videotaped it. Then, we would watch the video as a team and pick it apart to really clean it up for competition.” 

Leading the Huskers to victory were captains Kayla Drake, Amanda Priskie and Ashley Poe. 

“All three captains are seniors and have been cheering for varsity since their freshman year,” Battista said. “As the leaders of the team they are constantly motivating the rest of the girls to keep working hard. They always try to keep the momentum of the practice positive by encouraging the other athletes to push themselves and make the team better as a whole.” 

Nikki Lupinacci, Michaela Garrigan, Elise Palumbo, Sophia DosSantos, Ashley Drake, Erin Dahlke, Julia Santini, Ciara Morabito, Chloe Davis, Heidi Lajqi, Madison Levine, Juliana Poggioreale and Jenna Hurlburt are the other Husker cheerleaders who played key roles in Yorktown’s placing first at Hen Hud. 

Yorktown hopes that its success at the fall sectionals will continue going into the winter. 

“Next month, we will be competing at a regional competition on Long Island to hopefully get a bid to the UCA Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championship in Florida,” Battista said. “We would also love to keep doing well at other local competitions and try to win first at winter sectionals to receive a bid to go to the state competition.”