By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
The Northeast Ohio Youth Football League hosted its annual Cheer Competition on Saturday.
Crestwood served as the host program this season, with the event taking place at Hiram College’s Price Gymnasium.
Communities that participated included Crestwood, Coventry, Field, Garfield, Mogadore, Rootstown, Southeast and Springfield.
The cheer teams competed across three different divisions: Mighty Mites, Junior Varsity and Varsity.
Each squad’s routine consisted of cheers and a dance, which also was required to include a synchronized jump.
In addition to the team routines, individuals and squads were recognized in a jump-off competition and “Spirit Stick” winner that was awarded to the community in each age division that was determined to have the most spirit.
The Spirit Stick winners were Rootstown (Mighty Mites), Field (Junior Varsity) and Rootstown (Varsity).
First Place: Camryn Pryor, Field
Second: Helena Biggie-Nunes, Mogadore
Third: Lori Mathis, Rootstown
First Place: McKenzie McClutchen, Springfield; Madelyn Magrell, Springfield
Second: Isabella Long, Rootstown; Aubree Woods, Springfield
Third: Alana Hunsche, Rootstown
First Place: Gabriella Greathouse, Crestwood
Second: Madelyn Kline, Rootstown
Third: Malia Fletcher, Mogadore
NEOYL Cheer Director Dawn Green and Cheer Liaison Toccara Ball offered a sincere appreciation to Crestwood Cheer Director Katie Long and Crestwood’s board for “taking on this large task and making the day a success.”
“The day wouldn’t have been as fun as it was without their hard work. The entire NEOYFL Board says congratulations to all the teams and individuals who placed and a very big job well done to every girl who performed,” Green said.