Cheering on cheerleaders (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

October 20, 2013 Updated Oct 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Cheerleaders weren't on the sidelines Sunday afternoon. Instead, they took the spotlight at the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Competition.

Hundreds packed the Binghamton University Events Center to cheer on those who are usually responsible for pumping up the crowd.

"This is what they look forward to all season, it's their moment for the whole season," said Chenango Valley JV Cheerleading Coach Amanda Howard. "It's why they cheer."

The STAC Cheerleading Competition had 22 varsity and junior varsity squads competing for the top spot.

"We're more than just cheerleaders, we're not just standing on the sidelines cheering, we actually have real talent that people don't usually see," said Union Endicott senior Taylor DeFazio.

Judges score performances on five different categories: dance, stunts, pyramids and tosses, jumps, and tumbling.

"You only have one chance to do it. You either stick it, stick all your stunts, stick all your tumbling and you're perfect, or you mess up. That's the only chance you get," said Johnson City senior Alexis Soukthavong.

These 14 through 18-year-olds practiced for at least two hours a day to perfect their routines.

RESULTS:

Varsity:

1. Union Endicott - 335.8 pts
2. Johnson City - 323 pts
3. Maine-Endwell - 312.7 pts
4. Horseheads - 304.3 pts
5. Elmira Express - 286.2 pts
6. Chenango Valley - 279.3 pts

Junior Varsity:

1. Union Endicott - 278.7
2. Horseheads - 238.3
3. Chenango Valley - 229.2