DOVER – Dover Varsity Cheerleading (DVC) was crowned Division 1 Fall Spirit New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (“NHIAA”) 2020 State Champions with a score of 102.7. Runner up, Concord Varsity Cheer, earned a score of 97.6.
In a season gripped by the COVID19 pandemic, Dover was fortunate to have any season at all. To mitigate crowd concerns, all competitions were virtually held which meant teams had to film their routines with Athletic Director affidavit and in most cases with no spectators at all.
Dover went undefeated in an abbreviated season which kicked off with the 603 Showdown hosted by Londonderry High School Cheerleading and concluded with the Battle at the Capitol hosted by Concord Varsity Cheer where Dover won their respective division and was named overall Grand Champion with the highest scoring routine of the day.
DVC is led by Head Coach Kelsey Daigle and supported by Assistant Coach Mikaela Leighton. The team did not start practicing until September 8, with mere weeks before its first competition the athletes had a great deal of work to do. The team learned a very advanced routine, packed with tons of difficulty, only weeks before having to compete it. During a normal season, the team has months to prepare.
“I am so incredibly proud of what this team has done and overcome this season,” said Daigle. “They amaze me and I am grateful to be their coach!”
Teammates include: Makayla Wolfe (Captain), Kennedy Leighton (Captain), Ashlyn Smith (Captain), Addy Stewart, Mason Soares, Arianna Bowden, Katherine Carter, Andre Schaeffer, Emma Fitzgerald, Ellie Zielfelder, Tylee Barnes, Claire Drouin, Amelia Perkins, Reagan Leary, Ashley Kelley, Nicole Kelley, and Jessica Simmons, Ashley Smith. Alternates: Paris Young, Julia Drake and Maddie Peltier.