By MIKE SMITH
On Feb. 2, Mamaroneck’s cheer season came to a close on a high note, as the Tigers took first place at the St. Catherine’s competition at Salesian High School. With five trophies on the year, the Tigers acquitted themselves well at meets all over the tri-state area this winter.
This winter, the Tigers scored high marks at Counties, as well as at the Croton-Harmon meet–which saw them place second–before finishing with the Grand Champion title at Salesian.
According to head coach Lisa Ferarro, the 2013-14 Mam-aroneck squad established them-selves as one of the best teams in the school’s history with an experienced veteran class that led the way to a record number of high finishes.
“Our 2011 team won a competition at Saratoga, but, otherwise, this team has been the best that we’ve had,” said Ferraro.
The team bookended the season with big wins, having placed third at the Westchester County Cheerleading Competition in November, but Ferraro said she was struck most with how much the squad grew over the course of four months.
“They improved tremendously,” the head coach said. “Stunt-wise, dance-wise, they just really bonded and did a great job working together as a team and being able to recuperate.”
Those recuperation skills were tested this past weekend as the squad followed up an admittedly lackluster performance at John Jay High School with their winning effort at Salesian.
“The energy level, the motivation; it wasn’t there on Saturday,” Ferraro said. “But they realized they should have done better and came out on Sunday determined to do a better job.”
With the Grand Champion win at Salesian cementing the squad’s place in school history, Ferarro said that watching her Tigers this year has been one of the more rewarding experiences of her coaching career.
“It’s an amazing feeling to work with a group like this,” she said. “For those older girls who have been with me for three years, it makes you so proud to see what they are capable of.”
While the team might bid adieu to the veteran leaders that brought the program to new heights, Ferarro is confident her returnees will be more than capable of leading the Tiger squad in the years to come.
“We’ve got a small but strong group of girls coming up,” she said. “And I think we still have that same mindset on the younger girls taking over.”