Youth cheerleading more popular than ever in town

More than 200 Wilton girls in grades kindergarten through high school are taking to the field this fall wearing their blue and white uniforms and showing their Warrior pride, as part of the strong and fast growing Wilton cheer program.

On Aug. 20-22, the Wilton High varsity cheerleaders hosted more than 120 youth cheerleaders in a clinic that has become an important tradition in Wilton cheer.

The Wilton youth cheer program, which is part of Wilton Youth Football & Cheerleading, has record registration this year, with almost 180 girls participating.

The youth program has long enjoyed a good relationship with the high school cheer program, through the pre-season clinic and at the annual youth night during one of the varsity football games, where the youth girls are invited to join the varsity cheerleaders on the sidelines to cheer during a varsity game.

It is an exciting time for cheerleading in Wilton, with the arrival of a new coaching staff at Wilton High — head coach Ashley Bonora and assistant coach Kelcie Wehmoff.

Both coaches are especially pleased about the ‘One Town, One Team’ philosophy that Wilton has exhibited in its cheer programs, which encourage cooperation and support among all of the cheer teams in grades K through 12.

The sport of cheerleading is continuing to increase in popularity across the country, with its components of cheer, dance, tumbling, jumps and stunting, requiring athleticism, grace, strength, flexibility, dedication, discipline and teamwork.

Girls in Wilton in grades K-8 cheer on the sidelines and at halftime during WYF football games, while girls in grades 6-8 also have the opportunity to try out for Wilton Warrior Juniors, a middle school competition squad.

Varsity cheerleaders cheer at Wilton High School football and basketball games, and also earn their varsity letters by representing WHS at FCIAC, state and other cheerleading competitions.