Seventeen teams hit the mats competing for the SCC cheerleading championships at North Haven Saturday morning.
Branford took home the crown earning a score of 90.15 on its routine, its first SCC championship since 2013 and eighth in school history.
Shelton placed second and Mercy was third.
“We haven’t done this since 2013,” Branford coach Melissa Mansi said. “It’s super super exciting, the kids put a lot of work in the last two days at practice. They preformed last night at their basketball game and did really well so today was just the icing on the cake. They showed they can do it when it counts most, in front of judges, nerves, fears, and second guessing, but they pulled it off.”
On top of securing the SCC Championship, Branford’s Jade Smith was awarded with the SCC Coaches Merit Award.
“Jade is an awesome athlete, she has a 3.75 GPA, she is in National Honors Society, World Language Society, she’s the editor of the yearbook committee, she does community service,” Mansi said. “She is just a great athlete to have and she has been on the team for four consecutive years. Last year I nominated Jade for All-SCC at this competition and she didn’t get it. I nominated her again this year saying let’s work on our weaknesses and see if we can pull it together this year and she was able to get it. That shows her character, she is able to persevere and work hard to get what she wants. I tell the kids you aren’t going to get anything you don’t earn.”
Lila Beard and Bella Miranda of Branford were also named to the All-SCC team.
“We ran a lot of routines,” Mansi said. “We dissected and worked on a lot of details of the routine. This morning we did (an) activity where we had to identify things in our routine that we can control and things that we can’t control. I think that activity definitely helped and the kids were able to realize that things are going to go wrong, this is cheerleading. They learned how to recover to make up for mistakes and the kids did exactly that today because we did make mistakes but based on what we worked on this morning they were able to recover right in that moment.”
Trista Oddo of Shelton was named the SCC Cheerleader of the year while Hamden was given the Spirit Award.