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Harford Tech Cheerleaders Earn State Championship

The coach and team captains were still reeling from their victory Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday night was history in the making for the Harford Technical High School varsity cheerleaders when they became the school's first girls team to ever win a state championship title.

“We won the north region competition on Saturday which enabled us to go to the state championship last night,” Harford Tech Principal Charles Hagan said Thursday. “We won last night.”

Hagan said cheerleading is different from other sports where you may have certain divisions, and then wind up with four different champions. Rather, in cheerleading, everyone—all 13 teams—compete against everyone.

“It’s the first girls team state championship in the history of Harford Tech,” Hagan said.

The coach and team captains were still reeling from their victory Thursday afternoon.

“Words can’t even describe how it feels, it was like surreal. It was a very proud moment," said Cyndi Roman, the team's coach.

Hagan said that by his estimation Harford Tech had the largest showing of fans at the state competition with more than 200 people supporting the Cobras.

"Having our fans at the competition really made us do that much better at the competition," said Caitlyn Mills, age 17 and a team captain.

Caitlyn, Brooke Wenrich and Shelby Abbey, all 17-year-old team captains from the Edgewood and Abingdon areas, said the experience was a great end to a high school cheerleading career.

"We just have to say, this is a really unforgettable year, and it’s our senior year so it’s very emotional for us, so we’re really excited to go out with this big bang," Brooke said. 

Hagan said the girls' win—with their highest score for the season with more than 137 points—was even more impressive because they were the first to compete.

Were you at the competition Wednesday? Tell us about it in the comments. Have pictures? Click the "Submit" button to add your own photos or video and check out photographer Dennis Kundin's photobucket page.

Debbie booz February 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Way to go cobras!
Eric bel air February 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Congrats. Any video of the competition?
Susan Mills February 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
very proud of the corba team
Dawn February 17, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Congrats Cobras!
Dawn February 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Great pic Mr. Hagan!
Adam Giro February 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Congrats to all of the girls and coachs. FEAR THE STRIKE!
Christina Edwards February 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Congrats Tech Cobras!
Anonymous February 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
The coach of that team is ignorant and teaches those girls the exact same thing; to have hate for anyone that's not like them. She comes into my place of employment and harrasses my gay friend even if he's not taking care of them and then proceeda to laugh about it with all of those teenage girls. As far as I know, being gay is not a crime. Ignorance and hate should be. Those girls may have won a high school competition because of this lady but they aren't learning anything about being open minded.
Robyn Eisner February 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
"ANONYMOUS", everytime you chime in on the patch it is always a negative comment! Are you that miserable that you need company? These girls do not care what YOU think and please don't rain on there victory. Besides, you hide behind a ficticious name. I won't go back & forth with you over this just wish you wouldn't be so hateful.
Robyn Eisner February 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Congrats Girls! You worked hard for this.
Witness to Hateful Actus February 19, 2012 at 03:57 AM
@ Robyn Eisner - I think that the girls at Vo Tech did a wonderful job and deserve all the congrads they can get. However, anonymous is not being hateful. She speaks the truth, as I witnessed it too. In fact, I think you participated as well. At least, I can say that there was a woman named Robyn present there too. Whether it was you or not, anonymous is not being hateful. SHE SPEAKS THE TRUTH, as do I. We're honestly afraid of you adults, which is why we are cautiously defending ourselves. You're bullies, and you teach all those girls the wrong life examples.
Anonymous February 19, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Completely agree fellow witness to hateful act. Throwing things at employees of the restaurant you are eating at and yelling rude names at him is harrassment. I think you need to look at yourself and what you are perceived as to other people before you open your mouth and speak your hateful words.
Anonymous February 19, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I bet they did work hard and they deserve the title hut they don't deserve to be taught ignorance and hatred.
MG February 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Robyn Eisner February 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I didn't speak hateful words to you. I have no idea where or what you are talking about. I'm not the "Robyn" you speak of. I surely would not throw things at anyone or allow my own children to behave that way. I respect others and so do my kids. I was just making a comment about their victory. I know of one girl on the cheerleading squad and I have never been "out" with any of these girls or the coach. I am letting you know that if you are being bullied then take action instead of commenting on "the Patch" If you knew any better, there is a law against being harrassed.
SnakeSkin February 20, 2012 at 03:44 PM
When did this become a political post?? I thought we were congratulating the girls cheerleaders?? Go cobras and Go Robyn!!! Both of you showing whose boss!!! Great job ladies!!!
SnakeSkin February 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Wait......I don't think I did.....congrats cobras!!!
SnakeSkin February 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Did I mention Congrats cobras???
Janelle Corinne Price March 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Anonymous, you have no idea what your taking about. Cyndi has taught us to be nice girls and she has not only been a coach but she has been like a mother to all 24 of us girls. She is the reason we have had the chance to win the state title because without her we would still be unknown and at the bottom. My 3 years of cheering with cyndi have been the best years Ive ever cheered maybe not the easiest but by far the best. She taught us to keep giving it our all even when it gets tough and she is the best thing that has happened to tech cheerleading so if you want to call her ignorant go ahead but that just makes you ignorant so I'd suggest you stop because you look so jealous. Thanks :)
Hannah March 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Janelle i couldnt have said it any better.. she is a AMAZING coach and is so good at what she does so i dont know what anonymous is talking about. and again she is the reason we had a chance to be regional and state champions. :)

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