Tolland and Rockville cheer teams compete at CCC event
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland/Vernon - posted Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
The Rockville and Tolland cheerleading teams took part in the Central Connecticut Conference Competition, held at Glastonbury High School on Feb. 22. Rockville and Tolland were among 20 teams in four divisions that performed routines that included required elements.
Tolland placed second in the Eastern Division, behind Rocky Hill. However, coach Lorna Engelbert said her team received a penalty for an illegal move during their pyramid that it should not have received. “We had a major safety deduction that wasn't warranted,” Engelbert said. “We were very disappointed with the call.”
Englebert said the video of the routine was subsequently reviewed by officials who agreed that the penalty should not have been assessed, but have not retroactively corrected the results.
“We're seeing if there is anything that can be done about that,” Engelbert said. “We had a top-notch performance that was not reflected in the scores.”
The coach added that if Tolland had received the correct points, they would have won the competition.
In general, the Tolland team is having a great year. The team competed at a national competition in Orlando, Fla., in December, and placed 18th in the country.
“They have been working very hard,” Engelbert said of her team, adding that the team is still young, having lost a lot of seniors last year, and adding five freshmen and three other new girls. “It's a relatively new team and they are doing excellent. They are dedicated and want to do their best."
Tolland will compete in the state Class M meet on March 8 in New Haven, where the top three teams will go on to the New England Regional Competition.
The Rockville cheerleading team also competed at the CCC event. While they didn't place, one would never know it from the cheerleaders' beaming smiles.
Coach Aleyna Hamill said her team is in something of a rebuilding year, but are also working very hard. “The girls have done amazing,” Hamill said. “We only have 14 girls, and five are seniors. For eight girls on our team, the CCC was their first competition at the high school varsity level.”
Despite having to cancel several practices due to winter weather, Hamill said her team was proud of their showing at the CCC competition, and will continue to improve.
“They always come in with a positive attitude and ready to work no matter what struggles they have had to overcome,” Hamill said.