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Littleton spirit finishes third overall in state meet

by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

The 2016-17 Littleton varsity spirit team includes (l to r), assistant coach Katie Mason, Tori Fullam, Ally Woodman, Celeste Woodman, Jenna Doucette, Sophie Skidmore, Destiny House, Katrien Dexter, Kaylee Quinones, Josslyn Hagan, Madison Decoste, and head coach Danielle Lafitte Cook. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
March 20, 2017
LITTLETON — The Littleton varsity spirit team's season started back in November with preparation, conditioning and strength building in hopes and with plans to compete in March at the New Hampshire state spirit championships. While the team mainly supports the girls' and boys' basketball teams from December through March, they also prepare for their own competitive cheer routine. The Littleton spirit team is young as it consists of six freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, and one senior but this team surprised a lot of people as Littleton placed second overall in the NH prelims, moving them on to states where they placed third overall and Littleton coach Danielle Cook says that "this team can only move up."

On Sunday, March 5, the Littleton spirit team traveled to Pinkerton Academy in Derry to compete in the New Hampshire spirit prelims with 11 girls who have never competed before on a state mat. To advance to the state championship, Littleton had to place in the top five with 12 teams in their division. The girls had an amazing performance at prelims with some very minor mishaps, landing them a second-place finish going into the state championship round the following weekend. Littleton placed 3.3 points from first place Mascenic while edging out Trinity by 8.2 points.

The New Hampshire state championships took place on Sunday, March 12, also at Pinkerton Academy. Going into this weekend, Littleton battled cheering two games at Plymouth State University for their boys' basketball team along with a broken finger, two athletes with pneumonia and the loss of one athlete off the team due to unforeseen circumstances. The spirit team's routine was reworked Saturday evening prior to the competition and again these athletes triumphed and came back better than the weekend before, scoring 2.6 points higher than the weekend prior. Littleton placed third overall in Division IV, with Trinity coming back to take second and Mascenic taking first.

"All around it was an amazing day," explained Cook. "Thank you to all the family, fans, school staff and administration that came to support them. We are truly grateful."

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