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That's a lot to cheer about; Dudley Charlton kids are state champs.

Byline: Kevin O'Malley

The Charlton Dudley Rams Youth Football and Cheer league had four squads win state championships this season as both the Junior Pee Wee and Pee Wee football teams were victorious in state championship games while both the Junior Pee Wee and Junior Midget cheerleaders prevailed in the state championship competitions - and then took first place in the regionals.

Now heading to the nationals, the cheer squads hope to raise $30,000 to fund the cost of the trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete from Dec. 5-10. The teams will be collecting donations outside supermarkets and businesses in Dudley and Charlton.

It marked the second straight year the Rams Junior Pee Wee football and cheer teams reached the regional championships as the Rams football team lost a heartbreaking, 6-0 overtime game last year in the Regional championships while the cheerleaders placed second in the nation last year.

"We are very proud of the way that our players have given everything they have and have bonded as true teams, where they support each other on and off the field," League President and Junior Pee Wee head coach Lance Gelb said. "Our whole organization is very pleased that we are able to represent Central Massachusetts for a chance to go on."

Congratulations to all four teams on outstanding seasons.

The Pee Wee team, which went undefeated through the state title game, winning both the Central Mass. and Mass. State titles, was made up of Joseph Frick, Andrew DuPuis, Joeseph Sciaraffa, Barron Dandridge, Derek Schulman, Daniel McDermitt, James McGuigan, Tyler Barrie, Chris Daniels, Robert Brooks, Jonathan Burrill, Nick Lane, Mitchel Haase, Sergio Soltau, Cassandra Coleman, Ryan Latour, Matt Vertucci, Dylan LeBoeuf, Ian Church, Gabe Haskins, Michael Nichols, Jacob Ayres, and Jonathan Gallant. They were coached by head coach Bob Lane and assistants Randy Schulman, Ken Haase, Ralph Nicols, Kent Vertucci, Scott Barrie, and Charlie Brooks.

The Junior Pee Wee team, made up of Jack Martin, Jackson Worters, Sean McKeon, Liam Perry, Bryce French, Ben Dutting, Brian Mayville, Thomas Krukowski, Drew Jean-Guilliaume, Jonas warner, Jake Gelb, Seth Malerbi, Nick Clark, Chad Merchant, Hunter Gaither, Dillion Tuttle, Sean McGuigan, Tyler Antinovich, Katie Polselli, Devin Pietz, and Jeremy Rabidou and coached by head coach Lance Gelb and assistants Melanie Burnham, Delaney Perry, Rock Jean-Guilliaume, Mike Mayville, Craig Pietz, Tom Perry, and Mark Krukowski, also went undefeated, winning both the Central Mass. and Mass. State titles.

The Junior Midget Rams Cheer team, ages 14 and under, was made up of Chelsea Bebeau, Sonia Ugrinow, Taylor Caldwell, Sarah Schmidt, Kiley Simonovitch, Shannon Flaherty, Sarah O'Meara, Jessica Leno, Justine Torres, Jenna Medeiros, Jerrika Torres, Halee Barlow, Dannie Parker, and Jennifer Jackson and was coached by Natalie Bebeau and assistants Mary Wood, Alex Tsoumakas, Eugene Bebeau and Deb Leno, with student demonstrator Brianna Wood and Cheer Coordinator Sandy LeBlanc.

The Junior Pee Wee Rams Cheer team, age 11 and under, consisted of Brittany Besse, Kelly Austin, Stephanie Dutting, Melanie Sergal, Brittany Seifert, Olivia Tsoumakas, Megan Vertucci, Kristin Mahan, Taylor Phoenix, Krista LeBlanc, Chelsea Main, Katie Zanauskas, Devynne Edstrom, Erin Tetreault, Anna Sullivan, Lauren Wilson, Victoria Moriarty, Samantha Miller, Riley Ackley, Nicole Cadarette, Natalie Cadarette, Mikala LeBlanc, Lyndsay Jansson, Emily Sprague and Taylor Ugrinow. Sandy LeBlanc coached the squad along with Bonnie Mahan, Mandy Kuchnicki, Jen Tsoumakas and Vicki Vertucci. Student demonstrators were Katherine Sloyan and Samantha BeBeau.

Despite all the success the Rams have enjoyed in recent years, the team still faces much adversity as their lighted practice site was sold and will not be available to the team next season. The league is looking for donations to help with the unexpected expense of finding a lighted practice facility. Anybody interested in helping the league may contact league president Lance Gelb at www.cdyfc.com or (508) 248-4010.

To make a donation toward the cheer squads' trip to Florida, make a check out to CDYFC and send it to Charlton/Dudley Youth Football and Cheer, P.O. Box 725, Charlton, MA 01507 or call Sandy LeBlanc, cheer coordinator, at (508) 248-1899 for a check pickup.

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CUTLINE: (1) The Junior Midget Rams Cheerleaders won first place in the New England Regionals. Front row, from left, Chelsea Bebeau, Sonya Ugrinow, Taylor Caldwell, Sarah Schmidt and Kiley Simonovitch; second row, from left, Shannon Flaherty, Sarah O'Meara, Jessica Leno and Justine Torres; third row, from left, Jenna Medeiros, Jerrika Torres, Halee Barlow, Dannie Parker and Jennifer Jackson. (2) The Junior Pee Wee Rams football team, front row, from left: Seth Malerbi, Nick Clark, Chad Merchant, Hunter Gaither, Dillion Tuttle, Sean McGuigan, Tyler Antinovich, Katie Polselli, Devin Pietz and Jeremy Rabidou. Middle row, from left: Jack Martin, Jackson Worters, Sean McKeon, Liam Perry, Bryce French, Ben Dutting, Brian Mayville, Thomas Krukowski, Drew Jean-Guilliaume, Jonas Warner and Jake Gelb. Top row, from left: Coaches Melanie Burnham, Delaney Perry, Rock Jean-Guilliaume, Lance Gelb, Mike Mayville, Craig Pietz, Tom Perry and Mark Krukowski. (3) The Junior Pee Wee Rams cheer team, front row, from left: Brittany Besse, Kelly Austin, Stephanie Dutting, Melanie Sergal and Brittany Seifert; second row, from left, Olivia Tsoumakas, Megan Vertucci, Kristin Mahan, Taylor Phoenix, Kris LeBlanc, Chelsea Main and Katie Zanauskas; third row, from left, Devynne Edstrom, Erin Tetreault, Anna Sullivan, Lauren Wilson, Victoria Moriarty and Samantha Miller; fourth row, from left, Riley Ackley, Nicole Cadarette, Natalie Cadarette, Mikala LeBlanc and Lyndsay Jansson; back row, from left, Katherine Sloyan, Vicki Vertucci, Head Coach Sandy LeBlanc, Bonnie Mahan and Mandy Kuchnicki.

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