STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford-based Gold Coast All-Stars cheerleading competitive season got off on the right note when one of its team won grand champion honors at its fist meet of the season.
Gold Coast’s Whirlwind team, for girls 11-and-under, won the Level 1 grand championship at the Jamfest Jingle Jam in Worcester, Mass. The Whirlwind had the best score of all Level 1 teams in each age group. The victory earned the team a fully-paid bid to the U.S. Finals in May.
Five teams traveled to the competition for Gold Coast. Two other teams won first place and two finished in second.
The team is coached by Tammy Thompson, Alexis Moy and Taylor Sechi.
“This year's Whirlwinds team is as strong as they come,’’ Thompson said. “The theme of their music this year is ‘Celebrities in the spotlight’ and they play their roles very well. Every one of them becomes one with the music which is one of the reasons they are so much fun to watch. This was an amazing start to the season and they continue to work hard, striving to see the rest of the season as successful."
Gold Coast’s Youth Level 2, the Mayhem, also took first as did its Senior Level 1 team, Haywire. Chaos took second place in the Junior Level 2 division and the Senior Level 3 team Cyclones finished second.
Gold Coast is co-owned by Samantha Longo, Stacey Friedlander and Amber Wilson.
The cheerleaders next competition is in January in Worcester, Mass.
Whirlwind team members photo:
Back row, left to right: Coach Alexis Moy, coach Taylor Sechi, Alexa Yantorno, Miranda Anderson, Rebecca Morgenthaler, Hailley Torres, Alyssa Guilmette, Mikhaila Skarad, Kylie Lopiano, Jocelyn Aquino, Lauren Vellecca, Talia Bromes and Mackenzie McAlarney,
Second row, left to right: Assistant coach Anne Marie Parish, Tetyana Banaryk, Julianne Vavolizza, Karleigh Denn and coach Tammy Thompson.
Third row, left to right: Mia Cirillo, Mikayla Torres, Leah Jacobson, Mary White, Taylor Bell and assistant coach Julie Mandel.
Fourth row, left to right: Alexa Bromes, Madison G., Noa Pogany, Anni Ross, Jordyn Hartnette and Alexa Denn. Tumbling instructor Eddie Rios is missing from the picture.