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Cheerleaders to compete at states

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

For the first time in school history, Northampton High School cheerleaders will compete in the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships after winning the silver medal in the small division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships last Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

“I am beyond proud of them,” said Northampton coach Lauren Sniscak. “This is a huge accomplishment.”

That huge accomplishment held even more meaning for the Konkrete Kids because over the holiday break, Renee Dayoub took a fall, broke bones in her forearms, and Gianna Saloum needed to step in as a flyer.

“That was a major change in the last week. [Gianna] did great,” Sniscak said.

In addition, Northampton was only one point away from the first-place Wilson Warriors who scored 193 points to the K-Kids’ 192.

“I could tell we did really well. Their energy was really high, and they seemed really enthusiastic. It was their best performance of the season,” said Sniscak.

Another K-Kid flyer who wobbled a little at one point could hear Sniscak yelling from the sideline to save it, and she did.

Northampton’s routine opened with a cheer, followed by jumps and tumbling, single stunts, a dance, and a pyramid.

“This group of competition girls is really dedicated. One of the girls even gave up a trip with her family to Disney so she could be at practices,” said Sniscak. “They want to be here.”

Northampton’s 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.

Coach Sniscak is assisted by Kayla Bringenberg.

“I’m definitely proud. I’ve been trying hard to make small changes to make the program better, and it’s working,” Sniscak said.

The K-Kids will compete at states Jan. 19 and 20 in Hershey, Pa.