The Staples cheerleading squad continues to improve. Staples had its best finish at states this millennium by taking 10th at the Class LL championships on Saturday at the New Haven Athletic Center with 142 points, just .5 behind ninth-place Pomperaug (143) and close to eighth-place Ridgefield (148) and seventh-place Trumbull (149).

"States was amazing and the girls did an awesome job," Lady Wreckers Coach Jocylyn Sadlon said. "They performed their best routine of the season."

Staples performed a clean routine where it hit its tumbling passes, executed its pyramids well and stuck its dance steps during a 90-second music mix.

The Lady Wreckers flashed their smiles and were passionate in chanting, "Staples, Wreckers, back once again, better, than ever, in 2010. Impressive, incredible, we only just begun, S-H-S, No. 1! It's time to cheer for the best team we have! Staples Wreckers, we always steal the show, we are superior and sensational, better than the rest, yell for the team, S-H-S."

"We did a very good job and it was the team's best performance," junior Holly Stewart said.

Junior Neva Sanfilippo said, "I think we did really well. It was our best performance this season. We were determined to do well at the competition because we had a lot to improve on from the previous two competitions and we hit it."

Junior Kate Warren said, "I think we improved and our coach was a big part of it. This year, the freshmen made the team stronger than it was in the past."

East Hartford (167.5) won the 19-team Class LL competition with Danbury (166) taking second and Fairfield Ludlowe (165.5) placing third.

Last year, Staples finished 12th out of 19 teams under then-Coach Jen Mahoney. Mahoney took over in midseason last year and was the second coach to take over the team in midseason since 2006-07. Sadlon is the squad's fourth coach since the 2005-06 season.

"We were more determined and stronger this year and if this coach stays with us, will have stability and be a stronger team," Warren said.

Sadlon said, "The girls did a great job this year. They came a long way and their skills have improved. They set a good foundation for next year."

Although the Lady Wreckers will lose senior captains Hannah East, who was All-FCIAC her junior year, Jourdan Friedman, Brooke Kranz and Rebeca Teplitz, they are confident that they will continue to improve.

"We're only losing four seniors and we have strong freshmen and sophomores coming back and we'll be a great team next year," Stewart said.

Sanfilippo said, "I think we have a very strong team, which will carry over to next year. It will help having some underclassmen come back."

Also on the team are juniors Carolyn Hamm and Lindsay Nelson, sophomores Ilana Bernstein, Julianna Lametta, Jacquelyn Fritz, Anna Gerla and Mikaela Kirby and freshmen Paige Cooper, Olivia Stanley, Jasmine Henry, Zoe Googe, Alexa Casimir, Hannah Weinberg and Maddy Mann.