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Malden Cyclones cheer to national championship

Posted by Marcia Dick  December 20, 2010 10:04 AM

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The following was submitted by Malden Pop Warner:

It all began on August 2.  They came together as one for the first time:  16 girls from the 2009 B squad Advanced team, 10 girls from the 2009 A squad Novice team, and three new girls = the 2010 Midget Large Advanced Malden Pop Warner team, who would end up winning the national championship Dec. 10 as Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Questions and speculations were being thrown about in total confusion on how this team could compete at the Advanced level.
For the past five months, these girls and coaches gave it their all.  They molded themselves into a big happy family. On Oct. 16, the winning began as the Malden Midgets earned the the Greater Boston League championship.  Two weeks later, on Oct. 30,  they competed against two other teams and became the Eastern Mass Champions.  The following week, they had to rearrange their routine, due to one of their girls missing the next round of Qualifiers for a family wedding.  On Nov. 6, the girls succeeded in their quest and Qualified in second place to move on to the New England Regional finals for a chance to compete in the Nationals at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The Monday before competition, one of their bases got injured, and the doctor said she couldn’t cheer for two weeks.  The coaches moved fast to rearrange her stunt and made her a double back spot and put in a new base to take over.  Nerves were in high gear but after two days of practice, they made it work.

On Nov. 20, with all 29 girls accounted for, the Malden Midgets boarded their bus and headed for the DCU Center in Worcester to compete in the New England Regional Finals against three other teams. The top two would make it to the Nationals.

Malden took the floor with pride and determination.  The crowd went wild and cheered them on throughout their routine.  The girls came off the floor smiling from ear to ear.  
Then came the announcements.  Biting their fingernails and holding their breath, the Malden Cyclones awaited to hear their fate. Once second place was announced, they knew!  Smiles grew bigger and heads looked around in amazement.  The New England Region champion in the Midget Large Advanced category was the Malden Cyclones.

On the Wednesday following their success, two girls announced that they were not able to make it to Disney. The 29 became 27. The coaches got together and devised their plan.  Everyone had worked too hard and overcame a lot of adversity to give up now.  They moved girls around and put a new flyer in and hoped for the best.
For the next week and a half, every night someone was missing from practice due to outside commitments and/or illness, which didn’t make things any easier.  The coaches continued to instillconfidence in the girls.
After spending a couple of days together in Disney as a team, the day finally came.  Spirits were high and hopes were enormous as the Malden Midgets boarded the bus to the Wide World of Sports complex on Dec. 10.  Excitement was all around them.  Coaches were nervous with anticipation and the girls were pumped up like no one had ever seen before.  Before they took the mat, the girls went through their competition routine.

The coaches headed off to the viewing area.  The crowd went wild when they announced the Malden Cyclones and the girls ran out onto that mat like they were on fire.  You could see it in their excitement that they were there to win.  

That next two minutes and 30 seconds will never be forgotten.  The routine was the BEST that these girls had performed.  Their energy was amazing, their smiles incredible. They had nailed their routine and their coaches couldn’t have been any prouder.
Soon after, it was time for awards.  Malden came out shining, proudly representing their region in the Parade of Champions.  They patiently waited for the announcers to get to their category while cheering for the other teams that were called out as winners.  Once they announced the fifth and fourth place winners for the Midget Large Advanced category and Malden had not been called, the girls were excited.  You could see them on the floor clutching each others hands in hopes they’d be called last.  They competed against six other teams that day and everyone had a feeling that they knew who the contenders were.  

Third place was called…it was a New Jersey team that was favored to win.  Second place was called and again it was not Malden,it was the other New Jersey team that was favored to win.  There was nothing else left. The 2010 Pop Warner National Cheerleading champion is the Malden Cyclones.

Midget Coaches: Lori Rogers, Alisa Borselli, Anna Scola, April Anderson, Bobbi Anderson, and Donna Zinetti with special shout outs to Alicia Zinetti, Natalya Springer, Linda Repici, Jennifer Brenna, Judy Borselli and Kassidy Borselli

Midget Cheerleaders: Thaisha Alphonse, Caitlin Applin, Catalina Arredondo, Carla Bennett, Darliya Bennett, Angelica Connolly, Alana Ellis, Allyson Geer, Brittany Jordan, Brittany Lafauci, Quianna Long, Alexis Martino, Rebecca McCabe, Erin McInnis, Nicole McMaster, Brianna Michaud, Brenna Murray, Ashley Pefine, Rachel Robbio, Janae Rodriguez, Charlee Ruddock, Bianca Scola, Santina Solis, Kaitlyn Thomas, Olivia Verdone, Marissa Wheeler, Janaya Walcott


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