Glastonbury High School hosts CCC cheerleading competition
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
Glastonbury High School hosted the Central Connecticut Conference cheerleading competition on Feb. 22. Twenty teams competed in four divisions, and hundreds of competitors and spectators packed the gymnasium, as each team performed its routine.
The competition’s co-coordinator, Lauren Jeffers, said the event was a huge undertaking, but GHS was a more-than-adequate host.
“I think everything went really well,” Jeffers said. “Glastonbury did a great job putting all of this together for us. There were probably 1,000 people here today, and everybody loved it. It was so much fun.”
GHS cheerleading coach Jen Dutton agreed that the event ran smoothly, and heaped praise on parents and volunteers. “I had an awesome group of parents who came and pretty much ran the show,” Dutton said. “We had a lot of volunteers, and great teamwork.”
East Hartford placed first in the Northern Division, while Windsor placed second. Rocky Hill won the Eastern Division, with Tolland placing second. In the Southern Division, Plainville took first, and Berlin took second. Conard High School took second place in the Western Division, and Southington was first in the West, and was named Grand Champion, with a best overall score of 76.8.
Jeffers said the teams were well-prepared and that showed in the performances. “I think all teams really came and ‘brought it’ today, and it looks like everybody is ready for the state competition,” she said.
Dutton said that despite not placing, her team is doing very well this year. “This was our third competition, and we’ve had third places at all of them, and we have one more next weekend,” she said, adding that the team will be making some fine-tuning adjustment
“We’re working on cleaning some things up, but our routine is pretty well set,” she said. “We had a little fall in our warm-up today, which threw us off a little bit, and in our ending pyramid, but the judging isn’t all about the big stunts. It’s about everything. We brought some great energy and we had some great fans here cheering us on so we felt pretty good.”
Dutton added that her team has a great attitude and work ethic. “I’ve got a great group of seniors, and they have all worked really super hard all year,” she said.