The North Haven Youth Football and Cheerleading league's D8 and D12 cheer competition squads turned in excellent work at the American Youth Cheerleading state championships, held Nov. 6 at the Floyd Little Arena in New Haven.
The D8 squad, comprised of cheerleaders age 5 to 8, earned the state crown in their division. Meanwhile, the D12 squad (age 9 to 12), placed second in their division, finishing less than one point behind the first-place team.
By placing in the top three, the North Haven squads secured a spot in the AYC New England championships.
The North Haven teams – nicknamed the Elite Eight and Tough Twelve – began training for the season in July, and practiced 2-to-3 days each week to get their routines down.