The Revere High School football cheerleading squad is officially No. 1 in Massachusetts after winning the MIAA Division 1 Large Coed state championship at Shrewsbury High School.
Coach Julianne Espositoâ€™s talented contingent outpointed four other state finalists, Natick, Norwood, Marblehead, and Diman Vocational, to take home the state championship trophy.
â€œItâ€™s a fantastic feeling to win the state championship,â€ said Esposito. â€œWeâ€™re very proud of the squad. Iâ€™m definitely very impressed, but all along we thought we would have a good chance at doing it but anything can happen at states.â€
The Revere squad was at its best in the most important test of the year, performing a flawless routine with enthusiasm â€“ a team effort that earned high marks from the judges in all categories: stunts, tumbling, jumps, dance, and motion.
â€œWe hit all of our stunts and stuck all of our tumbling,â€ said Esposito, whose Revere squad bested Natick by a decisive 10-point margin.
Revere captains Angela Petrangelo, Taylor Dâ€™Elia, Kemal Custovic, and Kylie Mazza agreed that it was an amazing finish to a spectacular season that saw the squad finish first in every competition it entered.
â€œThis was such an amazing season,â€ said Petrangelo. â€œI couldnâ€™t ask for a better team to share this experience with. This really made my senior year that much more memorable and Iâ€™m said to say itâ€™s come to an end.â€
â€œThis has been the best season I have cheered in all my four years of cheering,â€ said Dâ€™Elia. â€œDue to our hard work and determination, we overcame every challenge to get where we wanted to be – state champions and an undefeated season.â€
â€œThis season worked out a lot in our favor because we all acted like a family,â€ said Custovic. â€œThis was by far my favorite season cheering for Revere High School.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think anything else that happens during senior year will add up to winning states; it was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and sharing it with those 14 other girls and Kemal made it that much more memorable,â€ said Mazza. Weâ€™ve always been a good team but I think this season we were tired of being good and worked hard to prove that we could be great.â€
Mazza also thanked the squadâ€™s fans for their support. Revere had the largest fan section at the state finals, a group that included Athletic Director Shaun Hart, students, parents, and faculty.
â€œWe wouldnâ€™t have been able to do this without our amazing fans that came out week after week and supported us,â€ said Mazza. â€œIâ€™m so thankful for them. They deserve a lot of recognition.â€