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Crusaders win another spirit title

The Littleton Crusaders Winter Spirit team won its sixth straight state championship by dazzling the fans and judges in attendance yet again. James Barrett. (click for larger version)
March 17, 2014
DERRY — If three championships is a dynasty, what do you call six straight championships?

The Littleton Lady Crusaders spirit team dazzled the packed house at Pinkerton Academy gymnasium on Sunday, March 16. After watching every other spirit team in the state of New Hampshire that made it to the NHIAA State Championships in all four divisions, the Crusaders earned their sixth straight Division Four title.

"This season was a long season," Littleton winter spirit head coach Dani Cook commented after the competition. "We struggled throughout the season with kids sick or missing events."

Cook went on to say, "But with nine seniors we made things happen. I am still in shock. The girls came out despite the downs and performed the routine well enough to get another title."

For coach Cook, her sixth title with the Crusaders is "still special."

Cook went on to say, "it is always special because each time it is different kids. For me it has been my privilege to do this year after year with amazing kids. And a lot of them this year I have known since the second grade."

With the dynasty already solidified for coach Cook and her Lady Crusaders back in 2009, this title signifies the domination of Division Four over the past six years. The Lady Crusaders winter spirit team is by far the most successful team in Division Four in New Hampshire but now the sights of the team are set a bit higher. Although the team will raise another banner in the gymnasium of the Littleton High School, the team has the opportunity to test its performance against the best schools through New England when the team goes to Lawrence, Mass. on Saturday, March 22, for the New England Championships.

The Lady Crusaders will graduate nine seniors this year to graduation, and although their presence will be missed, coach Cook has created an atmosphere of professionalism and success with the winter spirit team at Littleton High School that should be putting out championship talent for many years to come.

Garnett Hill
Martin Lord Osman
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