All-Long Island cheerleading team 2022

Who earned Newsday's top honors for their cheerleading performances this season?

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First at state a first for MacArthur cheerleading

"All of our hard work from the season just paid off, it was literally a dream come true," said All-Division captain Tiffany Pereira.

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Fired up Seaford roars to state cheerleading title

The oh-so-close Vikings climb to the top of the New York state Large Schools ladder.

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Mt. Sinai cheerleading: 'New environment,' familiar result

Mustangs win third consecutive Division II Small School state crown.

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Sachem North cheerleading wins second state title

The program also was crowned champion in 2019. 

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Seaford cheerleaders save best for last, win state crown

After long wait to compete, the Vikings won the Division II large school championship with the highest overall score of the day.

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Mount Sinai crowned state champion for record fourth time

School finished with a score of 87.80. Wantagh took second with 84.10.

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MacArthur wins state title, and it's a pleasant surprise

Members of the cheerleading team didn't expect to hear their names called as winners of the Division I Large School meet. 

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Photos: New York State cheerleading championships

Scenes from the New York State cheerleading championships on Saturday in Rochester, N.Y.

No spectators or required vaccinations for state cheerleading

Capacity at the event will be less than 400, which means that vaccinations will not be necessary to compete but there will be no room for spectators.

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State HS winter sports championships' locations won't change

September's vaccine and testing rules remain in place for cheerleading, wrestling and hoops.

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Lindy cheers through losses, on and off mat

Bulldogs varsity cheer team keeps spirits up, even through challenges of COVID shutdowns and death of beloved coach Anne Wishniak.

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Building back the cheerleading tower at Riverhead

After a year off because of budget cuts, the Blue Waves have put it all back together and will be going to nationals Feb. 11-13 in Orlando.

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Top 10 cheerleading teams on LI

A look at the best high school cheerleading teams on Long Island.

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LI's high school sports to play on despite surge in COVID-19 cases

"The leadership in our schools have followed the safety protocols and done everything required to keep us playing," Section XI executive director Tom Combs said. "There is still some uncertainty out there so no one is taking any chances."

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High school sports will begin with 'no restrictions' for the fall

Long Island's public high schools can begin practicing next week and any additional safety measures will be determined by districts.

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NY State issues guidance on playing high-risk high school sports

Recommendations include canceling or requiring players to be vaccinated in areas where transmission is high, which LI is considered by the CDC.  

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Newsday's All-Long Island cheerleading team 2021

Meet Newsday's All-Long Island cheerleading team from this past winter season.

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Nassau cheerleaders pumped to be competing

Lexi Goodman of Massapequa and Samantha Cella of Seaford discuss how thankful they are to be back on the mat with their teams.

Cheerleading competition at Wantagh a nice change of pace

"Virtual competitions don't work, it's like practice," Seaford coach Lisa Ferrari said. "This was a really well-done event and it felt like a cheer competition." 

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Photos: Nassau cheerleading meet at Wantagh

Scenes from a Nassau cheerleading meet at Wantagh on Saturday.

Top cheerleading teams for the 2021 season

A look at the top cheer teams across Long Island for this season. 

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As high-risk sports return, how are we keeping student athletes safe?

LI doctors and athletic directors discuss safety protocols and how they affect athletes' mental health, as high-risk sports resume.

Snowstorm delays start of basketball, wrestling and cheerleading schedules

Teams won't have enough practices to start playing games next Monday, so Nassau and Suffolk revamp schedules.

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Manhasset athletes in high-risk sports must be tested, learn remotely

The district's decision to require weekly COVID-19 tests and remote learning has some athletes opting out of competing.

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Great Neck School District opts out of high-risk winter sports

District plans to do intra-district schedules between its two high schools.

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Curran announces guidelines for return of high-risk high school sports

Protocols won't require testing of athletes and coaches and will allow some fans at games.

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A short season, but it's sweet to LI student-athletes

After months of unknowns and doubts concerning the fate of high-risk sports, they're excited to play.

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High-risk HS sports get green light in Suffolk

County Executive Steve Bellone on Monday said there will be weekly COVID-19 testing and temperatures taken before games and practices.

Suffolk approves high-risk sports; Nassau finalizing plans

Steve Bellone announces guidelines that require weekly testing for athletes in high-risk sports when they begin practice and play on Feb. 1.

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State indefinitely postpones high-risk winter sports 

Because of risk related to COVID-19, boys and girls basketball, wrestling and competitive cheerleading won't  have a start date until granted permission by Gov. Cuomo.

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Winter sports with low and moderate risk get OK, uncertainty remains for others

"The high-risk sports start date continues to be examined and will be revised if needed but is contingent upon authorization from state officials," said NYSPHSAA executive director Robert Zayas.

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State guidance soon for winter high school sports

"We're looking at it now — right in the context of what the school infection rates are — so we should have them by November," said State Budget Director and Advisor Robert Mujica.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to overturn postponement of HS sports

The lawsuit was brought by Massapequa's school district against Section VIII, the governing body for high school sports in Nassau County,

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NYS moves high school football, volleyball seasons to spring

The traditional spring sports also will move from March 15, 2021 to an adjusted start date of April 19, 2021.

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Suffolk high school athletes weigh in on state guidelines

While athletes are looking forward to playing sports again, some spoke of the concerns they have with wearing masks during practice

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State task force pushes back winter high school sports

The fall high school sports season is set to begin on Sept. 21. The winter sports were to start on Nov. 16, but that date was pushed to Nov. 30 to give the fall season more time.

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Oyster Bay officials hold rally for fall high school sports season

Town of Oyster Bay officials held a rally at the Hicksville Athletic Center to make the case for a fall high school sports season in Nassau on Thursday.

LI HS athletes hopeful after Gov. Cuomo's announcement

Though only a small first step toward a fall season, the news was largely met across the Island with happiness and even some surprise by coaches and athletic directors.

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LI high school athletes react to new fall guidelines

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo eased restrictions for certain fall high school sports including soccer and tennis, but not football.

High school sports could look very different upon return

A document outlining possible protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic for high school sports was issued by a national organization Tuesday, giving a glimpse of what we may see this fall and beyond.

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Salute to the Champs:  Farmingdale wins first state title

Only three years after beginning its competitive cheerleading program, the Dalers were crowned the best in New York.

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Salute to the Champs: Mount Sinai cheerleading on top again

After capturing the program's second state title last season, the Mustangs defended their Division II large crown in historic fashion.

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Salute to the Champs: Hauppauge cheerleading

Making its first appearance in the state championship, the team won the Division I small title, earning the second-highest score of the event with 93.28 points.

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Newsday's All-Long Island cheerleading team 2020

Meet Newsday's All-Long Island cheerleading team for the 2019-2020 winter season.

Hauppauge's Waters named Suffolk Cheerleader of the Year

Waters led Hauppauge to consecutive Suffolk championships and this year to the Small Division I state championship

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Seaford's Gilbert flies to top as Newsday Cheerleader of the Year

Gilbert led Seaford to its fourth consecutive Nassau Large Division II championship and within .3 points of a state crown.

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Farmingdale cheer captures DI Large crown

In just their second year as a varsity team, Farmingdale won the Division I Large School crown at the state cheerleading tournament at RIT on March 7, 2020.

Mount Sinai cheerleading defends Division II Large Schools title

Watch Mt. Sinai's routine in the state cheerleading championships on Saturday March 7, 2020.

Hauppauge cheer clinches DI Small championship

Watch Hauppauge's routine in the state cheerleading championships on Saturday March 7, 2020.