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Contributed photoThe Freedom cheerleaders took third in a recent competition. Contributed photoThe Freedom cheerleaders took third in a recent competition.

Pate cheerleaders take third place

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s varsity cheerleading squad took third place in a competition at Parkland High School on Nov. 23.

The Patriots, 15 in all, competed in the small varsity division.

“We definitely improved from our first competition at Nazareth and scored a few more points,” said Freedom cheerleading coach Breanna Bishamber. “We added a bit more difficulty to our routine, and we were better with timing and sharpness.”

The squad includes Zeanah Bey, Jordan Collins, Madison Fey, Mikayla Fey, Juliana Guzzo, Aracelis Marquez, Leslie Morales, Laycie Parker, Julia Ronca, Isabella Schaffer, Resse Schleppy, Amelia Stocker, Abigail Stocker, Sophia Svetecz, and Carley Wrecsics.

“We still have a lot to work on, like the energy level in the cheer and getting the crowd involvement up,” Bishamber said. “It’s hard, though, because that’s the part where they have to physically exert themselves and talk at the same time.”

Madison Fey and Jordan Collins are captains.

“They’re really good. The seniors in general are all fantastic,” said Bishamber. “That’s a big positive. They have really good energy talent wise, and they get along.”

This Wednesday, the Patriots will compete at the EPC Cheerleading Competition at Easton Area Middle School.

“We’re not going to be changing a lot, but will run it a few times on Tuesday and a little before we leave on Wednesday,” Bishamber said.

This Saturday, Dec. 7, the Freedom cheerleaders are hosting a fundraiser called Parents Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. in the aerobics room at the high school. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy games, craft, movie, a snack, and fun with the cheerleaders while parents take some time for themselves. Cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child.