After wrapping up the New England Regional Championship in November, the Everett Pop Warner Crimson Tide A-Team finished second at the National Tournament in Orlando on December 8.
Also competing in the National Tournament was Everett Pop Warner’s C-Team, which finished in fifth place overall in their respective division.
Led by instructor Nicole Bounopane, the Crimson Tide A-Team finished in second place and received a trophy as well as each girl being awarded a medal for the achievement.
“Typically Nationals is in Disney, but this year it had moved over to Universal, so we weren’t sure what to expect. It was definitely a different experience, but in the end, the girls enjoyed their team day at the parks and made lifelong memories with each other,” said Bounopane.
With first and second place finishes at the New England Regionals November 6, the Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner Cheerleaders earned a trip to the Nationals Competition in Florida in Decemeber.
The competition will be taking place from December 4 -11 at Universal Studios, with the Crimson Tide scheduled to compete December 8.
Now Everett Pop Warner is calling on Everett residents for help raising the funds needed to send the girls to Nationals.
There’s approximately 50 athletes attending and EPW is looking to help cover the cost of rooming while at the competition, which is about $650 per cheerleader. This does not include airfare, food, or other travel expenses. Program staff have said no donation is too small, and every dollar will help.
In preparation for the start of football across the city, Everett High School assistant football coach Ross Pietrantonio and a host of EHS football players helped facilitate a clinic for the Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner program on Saturday.
Pietrantonio said the clinic is just the start of a renewed fo- cus on rebuilding a steady collaboration between EHS football and Everett Pop Warner. A dozen athletes, including Jayden Biggie, Jaylen Murphy, Darrion Green, Pedro Rodrigues, Carlos Rodrigues, Ricardo Abraham, JJ Costa, Joseph Turcios, Nick Raymond, Hector Guevara, Jaiden Coriano, and Ismael Zamor all lent a hand to the youth in attendance.
“This is just the beginning for building a bridge between the high school program and the Pop Warner system,” said Pietrantonio,” who along with his players helped run individual drills with the Pop Warner youth, from 1-on-1 coaching to cheering kids on as they ran their 40-yard dash.