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October 19, 2018

Phoenix Central School District cheerleaders win Section III Class B title


The dynasty continues for the Phoenix Central School District’s cheerleading team, which took home its 13th consecutive Section III Class B title during a recent competition.

Surrounded by parents, school officials and friends, the Firebirds scored a 97.3 during its championship-winning routine held at Oriskany High School.

The Phoenix Central School District cheerleading team holds up its Section III Class B championship banner. Under the leadership of Coach Jackie Guglielmo, the team captured the title during the competition held recently at Oriskany High School.

The Phoenix Central School District cheerleading team holds up its Section III Class B championship banner. Under the leadership of Coach Jackie Guglielmo, the team captured the title during the competition held recently at Oriskany High School.

While the final routine proved to be a success, the journey to the title was marked by hard work, dedication and overcoming adversity, according to cheerleading coach Jackie Guglielmo.

“This championship is a reflection of all the behind-the-scenes work the team has done all season long,” Guglielmo said. “They are very talented, they work hard, and they deserved this. It’s a huge accomplishment.”

For senior captains Haley Davie and Abigail Ewald, the banner season was worth the countless hours of practice.

“We put a lot of work into it and we really pushed for it all season long,” Davie said. “We nailed our final routine, which was a relief because we had such a bad warmup right before that. But, we got together, talked it out, and everything just clicked.”

Things have been clicking for Phoenix cheerleading teams for more than a decade, and Athletic Director Jim Drancsak expects that tradition to continue.

“Phoenix doesn’t have an ‘average cheerleading group.’ There is such a high level of commitment and effort,” he said. “They work so hard and I would expect Phoenix will continue to produce one of the best cheerleading teams around.”

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