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Pate cheerleaders bring home awards

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Freedom High School won multiple awards after participating in the UCA cheerleading camp, June 13-16, in Honesdale.

The Patriots took first place in game day, extreme routine, and leadership.

“That’s the one I’m most proud of, leadership,” said Freedom coach Lynn Spina. “Other teams vote on which squad exemplifies leadership, and helps other teams, and things like that.”

Seniors Ciara Barbosa and Samia Broughton were appointed temporary captains at camp, and became permanent captains for the 2017-2018 season on June 29.

The UCA camp focused on new cheers for game day, cheers and pyramids for extreme routine, and crowd leading.

“We went there again because it’s so well run. Jerry Preschutti, the owner, he’s a great guy, and he does everything he can for these girls,” Spina said. “Last year was our first year. They teach you what judges are looking for, and they also focus on sidelines.”

Also from the Lehigh Valley, Wilson Area High School cheerleaders participated in the camp, giving the Patriots a chance to reconnect with a neighboring squad.

“We made friends with [Wilson and Upper Perkiomen] last year,” said Spina. “They had so much fun. They were working in the sun for four days straight, about 20 squads altogether. I’m very excited about our opportunities for the future.”