1st state title for Londonderry varsity cheer team
November 16. 2017 3:03AM
DERRY — Londonderry High School varsity cheerleaders won their first state title during the NHIAA fall spirit championship earlier this month, defeating longtime titleholder Pinkerton Academy on their own campus.
Londonderry finished with a total score of 103.0, edging out Pinkerton’s 102.6 for the Division I title. Dover High School finished third with a score of 99.8.
“We are so proud of our athletes for their performance this season,” said Chelsea Dennis, head coach of the LHS cheerleading team. “The passion within each of them, paired with their hard work and perseverance, brought us to the top today.”
Pinkerton Academy, which hosted the Nov. 5 championship, has dominated the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s cheerleading this decade, taking home first place each year since 2010.
Led by captains Meghan Evangelista, Kaylie Longua, Hannah Martin and Cassandra Stuart, the Londonderry Lancers overcame their longtime rivals and helped make “our dream to become state champions a reality,” Dennis said.
The championship LHS roster also includes Sara Berte, Jessica Brien, Emma Gehris, Ashley Greenwood, Kathryn Hempfield, Katie Host, Kathryn Hughes, Erin Kelly, Victoria Kelly, Katie Leger, Nikki Longua, Samantha McCarthy, Taylor Mellinger, Alana Mobbs, Alexandria Nadeau, Alyssa Pitarys, Ally Rose, and Lilly Tharrington.
The team proudly displayed its new award in front of the school the following Monday after the championship, posting a 5-second video of the cheerleaders celebrating in style.
Londonderry’s junior varsity squad also took home some hardware, finishing runner-up in the JV states.
— Chris Garofolo,Union Leader Correspondent