By Tamas Modovics
cheerleaders-bloomingdaleThat the Bloomingdale High School cheerleading squad would have certain success at this year’s Western Conference, there was very little doubt. But reclaiming the Hillsborough County crown was the icing on the cake.According to Bulls Head Coach Candice Teague, the girls pulled together, kept the bar high and performed a flawless routine, resulting in winning the 2010 Western Conference Cheerleading Championship.  ”I am honored to be a part of the girls’ success and to celebrate the result of their hard work,” said Teague who took over the coaching responsibilities of the well-respected and successful program this year.It has been two years since the Bulls won the title, including last year’s loss to Plant City and to Durant High in 2008.During the competition held at Freedom High School last month, Durant finished second ahead of Chamberlain out of the 10 teams that had the chance to advance to compete. Newsome came in fourth, ahead of host Freedom, Wharton, Steinbrenner, Riverview and Plant.The Bulls’ aim now is to bring home the FHSAA State Competitive Cheerleading Championship title for the third time in three years, scheduled for Friday, February 5, in Kissimmee.Taking the lead on the squad are seniors Larissa Menke, Marissa May and junior Dominique Celerin.  Teague said that the girls are ready and are on track, although things for the 20-member squad started a bit slow due to the changes many had to get used to, including the direction of their new coach.“The girls were questioning themselves at the start of the season,” she said. “But, I believed in them and in their abilities, which is now evident and is a huge confidence booster. It also shows who the Bloomingdale cheerleaders really are and what they are made of.”For more information about the upcoming state cheerleading competition, please visit

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