The Arlington cheer squad stood and cheered once John Jay-East Fishkill was announced as the champion. It’s the custom in the sport, and it was the most elegant thing to do, even if they held back all the disappointment.
The announcer paused to allow the Patriots to celebrate their moment. But there was a “but…”
That word was enough to make the audience tense for a second, before it was announced that Arlington was also the winner. In the same parenthesis.
“We started jumping and screaming, and there were tears of joy,” Admirals coach Jeanne Porter said. “Then John Jay’s team came over to give us a hug.”
It was a scene made for a Coca-Cola commercial, with longtime rivals literally getting together. For a warm minute, the “A” in Arlington’s “AOE” chant could have stood for “allies.” Because neither team seemed to mind having identical scores, which led to them sharing a title at the Section 1 Game Day Cheerleading Championships last Sunday.
“The kids were thrilled,” Patriots coach Alice Granger said. “On the one hand, both teams were happy to have done well, and there is no animosity. Many girls know each other and are friendly, and there has always been mutual respect.
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Between the coaches, especially. Granger and Porter’s mother, Linda, worked together as youth cheer coaches in the 1990s and Jeanne Porter said she had looked up to Granger since she was 12.
Watching Jeanne grow up, become a coach and ultimately lead Arlington’s turnaround as a program, Granger said, “is really rewarding to watch.”
John Jay is typically one of the top competitive cheer teams in the state, and last fall won regional and sectional championships in the inaugural Game Day tournaments. The Patriots, Porter said, have set a standard that his team aspires to achieve.
So their performance in this tournament at New Rochelle High School, she said, “felt like validation that we’re doing the right things and progressing well to be comparable to them.”
The Admirals and John Jay both scored a combined 88.9, finishing just ahead of North Rockland (88.8) for the Class A title. Ursuline won Class B, Pearl River took Class C and Putnam Valley was the D-class champion.
“Section 1 is leading the pack in the state for Game Day because we were the pilot section,” Granger said of the relatively new form, which was introduced locally four years ago. “We’re lucky to have some really talented teams in this region, which drives growth. We all stepped it up.
Unlike competitive cheers, which rely on elaborate dance numbers and acrobatic stunts, Game Day cheers focus more on entertainment and crowd interaction, as if performing on the sidelines during a game.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association added game day to its fall athletic championships last fall to accompany the traditional competitive cheering tournaments held during the winter. It will be fully adopted as a fall sport next year, with a state tournament, Granger said.
The teams released high-energy, high-volume routines that worked the crowd and involved onlookers in the chants. Arlington and John Jay even incorporated their mascots into the routines.
The Patriots were led by senior Mia Eade along with Simone Richardson, Caitlyn and Cara Moran, and Sophia Devine, who received all-section honors.
“Game Day is so different from the competition we’re used to,” said Porter, whose research included study teams in Texas. “It’s about being fiery and entertaining. ‘Arlington Above All’ was our theme and I told the girls, ‘Pretend school spirit is all we have.'”
John Jay finished ahead of Arlington in tournaments throughout the season but, Granger said, she noticed the scores were getting closer each time.
“They made steady progress every week and closed the gap,” Granger said. “Seeing them get up quickly made us stay on our toes and get better.”
Gaby Silva and Leslie Rojas-Garcia are Arlington’s vocal leaders. Lauren Letscher, Katie Peretta, Leah Sudol and Rojas-Garcia were also among the picks from all sections.
Silva, a fourth-year member of the team who was instrumental in their rebuilding, took note of their growth earlier this season.
“Coach,” she remarked, “it’s like we do it right. We become good.
For one day, at least, they were that good.
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