The Bedford High School Winter Varsity Cheerleading team wrapped up their 2022-2023 season on March 12 at the state level competition at Worcester State University.
Bedford finished fourth out of six teams in the state in the Small School Coed Division of the MSAA State Cheerleading Finals.
The team of nine competitors, four dedicated alternates, and one student manager worked hard all season to refine technique, learn new skills, gain physical strength, and improve teamwork in order to qualify at regionals for the state level competition.
BHS Varsity Winter Cheer Coach Dr. Erin Blette said, “This team is one of the hardest working teams that I have ever had the privilege of coaching. They approached the unknown – a new coach, progressing to States, looking at postseason events – with such poise, grace, and maturity.”
At the state competition, each team competes in a division with like-sized schools. Teams are judged by eight judges who assess difficulty and technique in four categories: stunts (lifting athletes into the air), pyramids (complex lifting structures), tumbling (flips); jumps, motions, and dance.
To maximize points, teams must perform difficult skills with excellent technique while making them look effortless. Deductions are made for errors, while overall performance can add to a team’s score.
Blette said that this team “far exceeded all expectations in terms of skill-building and growth. The athletes that committed to the season all demonstrated an elite level of dedication as well as an impressive showing of increased skill. They were able to level up their difficulty and technique quite quickly, and they were always looking for ways to improve.”
Bedford scored their highest total all season at the regional competition at Billerica High School with a score of 77.8. The team earned a score of 71.1 at the state competition, just 0.6 points behind the third place team from Easthampton.
Blette added that on top of all of the hard work, the team showed “they are genuine, funny, caring, and all-around amazing people, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them.”