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Cheerleaders earn awards

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Cheerleaders from Northampton Area School District attended Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp Aug. 12-15 at Chestnut Lake in Honesdale, Pa. and walked away with multiple awards won by varsity, JV, and middle school squads.

The varsity squad, led by new head coach Lauren Sniscak, took first place in sideline and second place in extreme routine.

Junior varsity, coached by Kayla Bringenberg, was awarded most improved team, an award that was a huge accomplishment for this very new squad.

“Half of JV is juniors and half is freshmen, and they come from different [sports] backgrounds, so we’re teaching them how to work as a team, techniques for stunts, and how to be in front of a crowd,” Sniscak said.

The middle school squad, coached by Jacqueline Buz, placed first in sideline and second in both cheer and extreme routine.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Sniscak. “They definitely improved and bonded as a squad.”

Northampton High School’s varsity cheerleaders for competitive spirit are Alexis Barrall, Alizae Bruch, Allison Dixon, McKenna Doyle, Taylor Fegley, Drew Filchner, Grade Makenzie Fritz, Ashley Moore, Rylee O’Donnell, Melissa Ricca, Marina Schrap, Madison Shehab, Victoria Unangst, and Angelina Young.

Other varsity cheerleaders are Cassondra Berger, Renee Dayoub, Kirsten DiBucci, Mckenna Doyle, Taylor Fegley, Makenzie Fritz, Emma Liebert, Ashley Moore, Rylee O’Donnell, Hannah Paukovits, Melissa Ricca, Gianna Saloum, Hope Schoeneberger, Marina Schrap, Madison Shehab, and Arianna Troxell.

“We were in direct competition with schools from the Valley, and it was nice to have camaraderie with them,” Sniscak said.

Unangst was named an All-American cheerleader and earned a trip to London to cheer with other All-American cheerleaders from across the country.

Fritz, Berger, and Albus received a Pin it Forward pin to honor their leadership and drive to help others.

Taylor Ziegler was the middle school jumpoff champion, and Melina Shehab was a finalist.

Coach Sniscak is excited to take the cheerleading program and make it her own while getting the upperclassmen ready for college, if that is what they choose to do when the time comes.

“I cheered at Temple, so cheerleading has been part of my life forever,” she said. “I’m trying to implement new things at games, like, involving the crowd, new cheers from camp and a few cheers I made up, tumbling instructors for competition, and we have a middle school squad for the first time.”

The varsity squad cheered its first football game of the season on Aug. 25, but this weekend will be Northampton’s first home game.

“I think they did a great job,” said Sniscak. “The girls said, ‘We know we did good, but we know we can do better next week at home.’”