Cheerleaders Roll Along to Another State Championship
March 12, 2019
It was a long day this past Sunday (March 10) at Tantasqua Regional High School but the Rockland High School cheerleaders performed a “flawless routine” according to asst. coach Kim Reardon and came away with another, back to back, MSAA State Championship in Division 4.
On March 3, the cheerleaders had competed in the Division 4 South Regionals in Natick, and to no one’s surprise placed first, giving them another shot at the State Championship on Sunday. For senior Bella Burns, this is her sixth State Championship in four years.
The cheerleaders have been so successful that many forget how hard they work to perfect their routines.
Athletic Director Gary Graziano said that the girls are successful because despite the fact that cheerleading is not considered a “sport,” the girls work as hard as any RHS athletes for their team’s success.
How much do they owe to head coach Jeanine Reardon who has been the coach for nine State Championships since 2012 when she began coaching? Mr. Graziano said, “She treats them like athletes.” He explained, “They do all kinds of conditioning. Coach Reardon pushes them hard.”
Coach Reardon said that they do focus on conditioning in addition to practicing their routines. “We do hold them accountable and they train for 10 hours a week.”
Mrs. Reardon also credits the girls’ work ethic, their pride and commitment, and the support they have received from numerous people. Assistant coaches are Kim Reardon and Krystin Killion with Tyler Lewis’ additional support.
Now it’s on to the New England Championships next Saturday, March 16 at Worcester State University. They will be competing during the second session.
If you haven’t seen these girls compete maybe you should! You have one more chance!