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March 7, 2014

READY TO FLY

Triton cheerleading looking for first state championship

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Indingaro is one of four seniors on the team, a strong base of experienced cheerleaders who have been with the program for four years. Also in their final season with Triton is Amanda Colpitts, Colleen Barrett and Ashley O’Neil.

“They have been with me for four years,” Dempsey said. “They have definitely been a huge asset for this program and have set the standard for the younger kids.”

For them, the State Tournament on Sunday is not only an opportunity to set school history but also to extend, perhaps across the country, their high school career doing the sport they love.

“I hope that cheering continues on from there. Winning states would qualify us for New Englands and then Nationals would come after that in Disney World.”

Though Triton has never captured a state title, Dempsey feels strong about the way her team is performing.

“Never in school history have we won a state title, so the goal is to make it happen,” she said. “In the six years that I have coached, this is the best position that we have been in to do that.”

While college cheerleading may be in the future for some, this may be the last competition that they take to the mat together.

“I hope to continue in college depending on what school I go to,” Indingaro said. “High school would have been completely different if not for cheerleading. Everyone on my team has been my family and every day I would look forward to being with them after school.”

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