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Posts categorized "Cheerleading"
Posted: January 25th, 2014

The McDowell cheerleading squad placed third overall in the co-ed varsity division after Saturday’s finals for the PIAA competitive spirit championships. The two-day meet was held at the Giant Center in Hershey.

McDowell, coached by Kathryn Wiltse, recorded 75.40 out of a possible 100 points for their routine in the finals. The Trojans finished .37 of a point behind second-place Methacton.

New Oxford was the inaugural champion of the co-ed division, which didn’t exist when the PIAA held its first-ever meet in 2013. Saturday’s other division winners were Cumberland Valley (large varsity), Bishop McCort (medium) and Johnstown (small).

Fairview, District 10′s small varsity titlist, bowed out in that division after Saturday’s semifinal round.

– Mike Copper

Posted: January 11th, 2014

– Mike Copper

Posted: January 26th, 2013

Fairview’s cheerleading squad made the most of Saturday’s District 10 girls competitive spirit championships.

Not only did the Tigers host the historic event, but won the district’s small-school division title with an average of 79.50 team points from a three-judge panel. Fairview’s average was the highest of the eight squads that competed.

McDowell (large-school division winner); Oil City (large-school wild card); Harbor Creek (medium-school division winner); Mercyhurst Prep (medium-school wild card); Warren (small-school wild card); and Wilmington (small-school wild card) were the other district programs that advabced to the first-ever PIAA meet, scheduled Feb. 2 at Hersheypark Arena.

District highlights of Erie County’s cheerleading squads, which include small-school participant Villa Maria, are now posted at

– Mike Copper

Posted: January 15th, 2013

District 10 girls competitive spirit director Marylou Billings announced Tuesday that the starting time for the district’s inaugural meet has been changed.

The Jan. 26 competition will now begin at 2 p.m. at Fairview High School, rather than at 1 as listed on the district’s original registration form. Billings made the switch to accomodate students who are scheduled to take the SAT that morning.

Nine schools registered for the meet. McDowell and Oil City will compete in its large-school division; Harbor Creek and Mercyhurst Prep in the medium-school division; and Girard, Villa Maria, Warren, Wilmington, and the host Tigers in the small-school division.

The three division winners, plus four at-large teams regardless of class, will automatically advance to the first-ever PIAA meet Feb. 2 at Hersheypark Arena.

– Mike Copper

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