01/26/03 ER wins Greater Rochester
Cheerleading & Dance Championship
Bombers win overall title at cheering competition
By Ben Jacobs
Democrat and Chronicle
(January 26, 2003) — East Rochester had never even won its division at the
Greater Rochester Cheerleading and Dance Championships, so the Bombers were
plenty happy when they found out they won the Intermediate II division
Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.
About 15 minutes later, they heard
themselves announced as Grand Champions.
“I’m speechless,” ER coach Katie Owens said several times. “It’s very
shocking. We didn’t expect this at all.”
Some of the Bombers probably thought their ears
were playing a trick on them.
Canandaigua’s Sarah Anderson and her teammates compete at the Greater
Rochester Cheerleading and Dance Championships at the Blue Cross Arena at
the War Memorial. Her team finished fourth in the Advanced II Division.
“Winning in your division is exciting and everything, but to be Grand Champions
is just unbelievable,” Owens said.
As great as they felt, the Bombers knew they would not be able to rest on their
laurels, even after such an impressive victory.
“We have sectionals in two weeks, so we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Owens said.
If the first two weeks of their season are any indication, the Bombers will be
“We’re on a roll,” Owens said. “We won last weekend in our first competition,
and now we won this weekend.”
ER scored a perfect 160 in a meet last weekend, and received 394 out of a
possible 400 points Saturday. So, how do you keep improving if you’re already
perfect, or nearly so?
“We just go back to practice next week and fix the little things,” Owens said.
“Practice makes perfect and that’s what we’ve got to keep doing the next two
Hilton did not repeat as Grand Champion, but it was still a great day for the
Cadets as they defended their Advanced I division title.
“The kids work hard. They never give up and they have a lot of heart,” Hilton
coach Laurie Miller. “What they do, they do from their heart and it shows on the
Miller was especially happy after she learned that Irondequoit won the
Intermediate I division. Miller’s daughter, Brittany, is a sophomore cheerleader
for the Eagles.
“It’s a good day,” Brittany said.
“It’s a great day,” Laurie corrected. “It makes it really special for both of
This was not the first time Hilton and Irondequoit have performed at the same
event this year, but usually they are competing against each other.
“It’s nice to be able to enjoy each other’s (victory),” Laurie said. “It’s
harder when we’re competing. She handles that pretty well, though.”
Geneva also won for the second year in a row, defeating Livonia in the
Intermediate Co-ed I division.
“We knew Livonia was going to be a real challenge because they have a lot of
talent,” Geneva coach Laurie Nass said. “We hoped and we worked hard.”