BHS Winter Cheer wins First at Regionals and Heads to States on Sunday

March 7, 2024
Bedford High School varsity winter cheerleading team earned a first-place honor in the MSAA North Regional Cheer Championship and is heading to States this Saturday. Courtesy Image

Bedford High School varsity winter cheerleading team earned a first-place honor in the MSAA North Regional Cheer Championship last Saturday at Billerica Memorial High School. 

Beating out Watertown and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in the Small Coed Division wasn’t a given. BHS Varsity Winter Cheer Coach Dr. Erin Blette explained, “The BHS team has been doing such a great job this winter. They have had to battle illness, injury, and many last-minute athlete changes which led to routine changes.” 

Junior Sylvia Dougherty added that the athletes have “been incredibly resilient and adaptable with all the changes our season has had and have shown their passion and love for the sport.” 

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Gabe Paula, a senior on the winter cheer team agreed: “After all the hard work we’ve been through these past four months and having to go through last-minute changes, we did really well. I’m so proud of how this team has pushed through.”

The perseverance earned the BHS Winter Cheer team the title North regional championship for the second year in a row, and a spot in the MSAA State tournament. 

Sophomore team manager Alex Wright said, “Even though we made many last-minute changes prior to regionals, we still did super good and I can’t wait to advance to States on Sunday.”

The Bucs will compete in the state championships at 11:15 a.m. this Sunday at Worcester State University. Spectators are invited and must purchase tickets in advance at https://gofan.co/event/1435615?schoolId=MSAA.

“I am so proud and unbelievably excited to compete one last time this year at States for the second winter in a row,” said Junior Katie Schmidt. “We have truly worked so hard for this, and I am so excited to hit [the] mat one last time with my best friends. I am also so thankful for Coach Blette for pushing us when we doubted ourselves the most and made us realize we are capable of so much more.”

Everyone’s pride was echoed by junior Norah Watson, “I’m so proud of the whole team. Everyone has done such a good job, and I’m so excited to go to States!”

And for anyone questioning whether it was just hard work, encouragement, and resilience that had brought the athletes this far, freshman Taylor Lykins encapsulated the comraderie and pride with “I love everyone on this team and we did so good!”

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