DDSS makes it nine wins in a row

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE - JA­COB ROBIN­SON jrobin­son@post­media.com

SIM­COE -- The screams Delhi District Sec­ondary School cheer­leader Brooke Booker let out were much dif­fer­ent than the ones from De­cem­ber of last year.

Booker re­turned to com­pe­ti­tion with the Raiders at Young Canada Day in Sim­coe on Oct. 2, the first time she’s donned the blue and gold in com­pe­ti­tion since tear­ing lig­a­ments in her leg in a scary scene at last year’s NSSAA Cham­pi­onships.

To cap the comeback, the Raiders not only won the Nor­folk County Fair cheer ti­tle for the se­cond year in a row but the over­all grand cham­pi­onship for a ninth straight year.

“When I first hurt my an­kle, I never saw my­self com­ing back,” Booker said. “It was a long re­cov­ery and even prac­tis­ing up un­til to­day I was never able to do our jumps, so it just feels re­ally good to be back out here.”

As a fel­low third-year mem­ber of the squad, se­nior cap­tain Ri­ley Brady said the in­ten­sity at prac­tice ratch­ets up each year for the Raiders to keep their streak

alive.

“It’s so much pres­sure,” Brady ex­plained. “Ev­ery school is try­ing to beat us. Each year it’s more nerve-rack­ing, ev­ery sin­gle year.”

A light driz­zle turned into a driv­ing rain in the mo­ments lead­ing up to the cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion but that did lit­tle to dampen the spir­its of all five teams in­volved.

For the Raiders, the mud and the muck was just an­other hur­dle en route to lucky No. 9.

“It was just a chal­lenge, an­other chal­lenge for us to over­come,” said Brady. “It was some­thing to push us for­ward to keep try­ing and keep go­ing.”

The Holy Trin­ity Ti­tans earned se­cond spot while the two-time de­fend­ing county ti­tle hold­ers from Sim­coe placed third.

With the com­pe­ti­tion nip­ping at their heels, the Raiders found it dif­fi­cult to de­scribe the mo­ment their team, and their school was crowned champs.

“Your heart just drops, it’s adren­a­line all the time and with the whole school be­hind you cheer­ing, it’s an amaz­ing feel­ing,” said Brady.

“It feels so good,” Booker said. “It’s a feel­ing you can’t ex­plain.”

Delhi also won top hon­ours in the spe­cial ef­fects cat­e­gory and won the tug-of-war in the girls di­vi­sion. Valley Heights Sec­ondary School pre­vailed in the boys tug-ofwar. Holy Trin­ity Catholic School won the sec­ondary school road race ti­tle.

JA­COB ROBIN­SON/ SIM­COE REFORMER

Delhi Raiders cheer­lead­ers Melissa Bergman, Ri­ley Brady, Ash­ley Booth and Brooke Booker cel­e­brate the school's ninth straight Young Canada Day grand cham­pi­onship ti­tle. The Raiders also won their se­cond straight cheer­lead­ing ti­tle.

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