YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown won the Section 1 Dutchess, Putnam, and Northern Westchester Large School Cheerleading Championships, held at Mahopac on Saturday, April 17.

“It meant the world,” said Yorktown coach Franny Donahue. “With such a short and intense season, being able to pull together this routine in such a short amount of time is an accomplishment in itself, but to win the most important competition of the season is an even bigger one.”

Juniors Helena Barletti, Gia Carenza, Lauren Carlin, Ava Conciatori, Kayla Crecco, Emily DeBenedictis, Ava Kaplan, Erin McCarthy, Lily Meisterich, Nicole Monaco, Delilah Rosso, Nicole Scott, Emma Smyth, Julia Spina, Alexa Trabold, and Izabella Wakeford, and sophomore Ava Morabito make up the Huskers’ championship squad.

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The leadership of captains Conciatori, Rosso, McCarthy and Monaco was vital.

“The four captains kept the drive going behind the team,” Donahue said. “When a teammate doubted themselves, these four were always there to give them a confidence boost.”

Erin McCarthy: “None of us have ever got to win a sectional championship title. It was definitely a goal all of us were looking forward to achieving one day. We are all just thrilled we got it this year. Being that we will have the same team next year, I’m sure we are looking forward to win sectionals once again and hold the title.”

Ava Conciatori: “Winning sectionals just proved to everyone that we have worked so hard as a team to get through all of the hardships that hit us along the way. I have never felt this much love and support throughout a team in my life and I am so glad I get to live my high school years with these girls.”

Delilah Rosso: “We’ve had a lot of setbacks because of COVID, but we pushed through and made it work. It was the first time that any of us on the team won a section title, so it made it even more special for the team. Not only did the team put in hard work but also our coach Franny and our AD Rob (Barrett). I’m excited to see what potential this team has next year and hopefully win another title.”

Nicole Monaco: “Cheerleading to me is not only a sport, but a passion and one of the biggest parts of my life. The hard work and dedication shown by our team, especially with the short and unpredictable season, is something that we take pride in. We faced many great competitors and brought home the title. I feel lucky and proud to be surrounded by such talented and supportive teammates. The blood, sweat, and tears shed by our team proved worthwhile. I am so eager and hopeful to see what the next season holds for us.”

With everyone coming back, winning the title gives Yorktown plenty of momentum going into next season.

“This is a big thing fueling our team for next year,” Donahue said. “These girls have seen their potential this year and know that now they can make their senior year another winning year just like this one.”