(Nov. 16, 2018) The Berlin Pop Warner Junior Varsity cheerleaders put on an excellent performance, according to their coach, however, the squad will not be advancing to the national championship in Disney World this year.

The team, consisting of 18 girls, ages 10-13, competed against six other teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New England, D.C. and New York during the regionals tournament held in Trenton, New Jersey, last weekend.

“They did very well,” JV Head Coach and Pop Warner Coordinator Debbie Donahue said earlier this week. “I haven’t gotten the final standings, [but] they performed really well for the day.”

The girls are not discouraged, however, and will continue to cheer this Saturday alongside the Junior Peewee cheer squad for the Pop Warner Peewee football team during its Henlopen championship game held at Snow Hill High School.

“Part of the squad is brand new and have never cheered before,” Donahue said. “Coming into a squad that already had five or six girls who were already seasoned and been to nationals a couple of times that was a pretty big spot to fill. They stepped up and did really well.

“I’m very proud of them,” she continued. “Like I said, it takes a lot to get through what they’ve been taught. I tell them all the time, ‘Look, I know what I’m asking you to do, and I can’t do it. I give you kudos for doing it and pulling off all the things that I tried to teach you.’”

After the Snow Hill game, the girls will continue to practice a few times a week, and return to cheering in January for the spring season.

The team will also continue to raise funds and prepare for next year.

“We’re going to have one more fundraiser event,” Donahue said. “We have some more donations coming in to finish with our end-of-season expenses, like our banquet and trophies and things like that. We will probably have fundraiser events throughout the offseason to start setting up for next year to cover travel expenses.”

Berlin Pop Warner is still accepting monetary donations for its football and cheer programs. Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to: Worcester County Youth Football P.O. Box 1517 Berlin, Maryland, 21811.

For more information on the Worcester County Youth Football and Cheerleading Berlin Seahawks, call 443-783-8623 or visit www.BerlinSeahawks.com.

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