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01/27/03 Red Raiders Cheer to the Top!

Once again, Fairport's cheerleaders wowed the judges and fans at the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday when the Freshmen and JV squads took first place in their divisions and Varsity placed fourth in the Greater Rochester Cheerleading and Dance Championships. All three squads competed in categories reserved for groups with the most complicated and difficult routines. The athletes generated remarkably high scores despite a week plagued by illness -- half the JV squad was out of school and unable to practice the week before the competition.

Fairport's spectators, with their unmistakable sea of red clothing and chants led by Jim Patterson and Bill Poray, drew the admiration of the packed arena. Special thanks go to the Cheerleading Booster Club members who were first in line at the box office and secured the best seats in the house for the always large and enthusiastic Fairport contingent. The Varsity basketball team and coach also attended to support the amazing Varsity cheerleaders, who are saving their best performance for a competition in Florida later this month.

Though the stats were not posted at press time, check the Greater Rochester Cheer and Dance website for more details on this year's competition.

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photo & article by Sandra Beckwith

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