NEW HAVEN — Shelton cheer officially left two seasons being held in an emotional lockdown in its rearview mirror on Saturday when the Gaelettes won the Class L Class L All-Girls Varsity Division state championship at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
“It is an amazing experience coming back to it. To hear the crowd, the excitement on the mat is a motivator,” Shelton coach Christine Pavone said. “What had happened the last few years is that emotion was taken away from a lot of kids. They couldn’t show emotion because no one saw it with that mask on. They were so used to being hidden behind that mask that they didn’t have to smile, show the joy of competing. This is a very hard-working team. They pushed themselves daily to make up for the loss of two years.”