Blairsville cheerleaders

The Blairsville High School competitive cheerleading squad made history this past weekend when they traveled to Hershey to compete in the annual two-day PIAA Competitive Spirit State Championship. Students and staff at Blairsville High School honored the cheerleaders last Thursday afternoon by sending them off amidst cheers and applause throughout the middle and high school hallways. Immediately after, the team journeyed to Hershey. (Marissa Fay/Blairsville High School)

The team performed their routine once last Friday and placed 11th in the co-ed division, where only the eight best teams are able to move on to the next day of the competition, therefore ending the team’s groundbreaking season.

The first-year coach of the squad, Marissa Falcone, was a Blairsville cheerleader herself from elementary through high school. She cheered in college as well.

After finishing a master’s degree, Falcone decided to plant her roots in Blairsville.

When asked what kept her motivated and inspired as a coach, she said, “Our senior leaders established some team goals early in the season, one of them being to win tri-county, which we did! Their goals and the growth I saw through our summer practices allowed me to stay motivated. Once we took the tri-county title I knew there wasn’t anything going to stop us from competing at the state level this season.”

Hanna Alamo, one of four senior co-captains on the squad, commented on the season: “What I’m most proud of this year is that we had so many different individuals come to the team, and even though they all brought different skills, it all came together and we made a perfect routine that took us so far.”