The Gloucester High School basketball cheerleading squad’s resume just got a little better.
Gloucester had high expectations entering Sunday’s State Championship Meet with a Northeastern Conference title and a Regional Grand Championship already under its belt. As it turned out, the team delivered taking home a second place finish in the Small School Co-ed division at the MSSAA Winter Cheerleading Championships at Tantasqua Regional High School.
With the strong performance Sunday Gloucester is hoping to raise enough money to move on to a National Championship Competition against teams from across the country. Gloucester received its bid to a National Championship Competition by topping a qualifying time at a competition earlier in the season.
On Sunday’s championship meet Gloucester was competing against six other schools in the Small School Co-ed Division and bested six of them with a score of 169.75. Only Grafton was able to best Gloucester score with 173.0. Gloucester’s score was also tied for the second best time in all of Division 3 (co-ed and all girl) with East Bridgewater, the All Girl Division 3 Champions.
Gloucester had its best performance the week before at the Winter Regional Championships at Lowell High. Gloucester already knew it was going to states as it was the only North Regional team to compete in the Small School co-ed division. Although a win was already in hand, Gloucester still turned in a near flawless performance with a score of 174, which was the best in all of Division 3 at the meet, and fourth best overall.
Only Dracut, the top scorer and Division 2 Regional Champ with a score of 186.75, Revere (178.75) and Billerica (177.75) had higher scores. Gloucester’s total at the regional meet proved that it can compete with the cream of the crop of cheerleading teams in the state.
Last month Gloucester also proved that it was the cream of the crop in the Northeastern Conference turning in the best score of the NEC competition and the NEC co-ed championships.
The run is not over for Gloucester as the team hopes to raise the money to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to compete in a National Championship Competition on April 27.