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Sports - April 25, 2014

Foothill cheerleaders compete at nationals

Varsity, JV prove competitive in more difficult divisions

The Foothill High School competition cheer squads returned from Southern California proud of their success at the United Spirit Association (USA) High School Spirit Nationals competition held March 28-30 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Foothill's varsity team competed the morning of March 29 in the small varsity show cheer advanced division preliminaries, and, while having a few slips in its routine, the team earned enough points to advance to finals. The preliminary field included 15 of some of the nation's top teams, with only seven advancing. The feisty Falcon team gave a solid performance at finals March 30 to earn the fifth-place trophy.

"I'm extremely proud of this team for accepting the challenge to compete in the most difficult division, advanced," said coach Kim DeJoy. "Seven of the 12 girls are new to the varsity team this year, so to move up in this division was a huge commitment."

"This team practiced five days a week to work on and perfect advanced tumbling skills and stunts. Making finals was our goal. To place in the top 5 with the nation's best, was the cherry on top. I couldn't be more proud of these amazing athletes," the coach added.

Varsity show cheer includes Amanda Arnold (captain), Kenzie Curran, Sarina DeJoy, Michelle French, Morgan Greenup, Morgan Leone, Amber Marquez, Brie Morrissey, Jordan Robinson, Taylor Sanchez, Anika Simons and Natalie Wright.

The JV team competed the afternoon of March 29 in the large intermediate division preliminaries, with 11 teams competing and the top four advancing to finals. The team advanced, then performed a near flawless routine on March 30 at finals, bringing home the third-place trophy.

"We knew we had our work cut out for us when we moved up to a more difficult division," said coach Nancy Jefferies. "The girls had to push themselves and work hard to perfect every skill. It didn't come easy but the end result at nationals was amazing. We are so proud of them and what they accomplished this season."

JV show cheer includes Cassidee Banks, Kailyn Coleman, Heather Collins, Kate Crawford, Michelle Cyr, Jenna Edsen, Karina Galvez, Kiley Grundstrom, Anna Hendrickson, Gina Hoecker, Emila Janda, Kelly Jefferies, Emma Loll, Maddy Maas, Carly Marceau, Grace McKeag, Kya Millerstrom, Sara Moore (captain), Katie Reding, Allie Sanchez and Noelle Viscaina.

The competitive cheer season lasts 10 months, starting in May and continuing through nationals in March. The Falcons traveled more than 3,100 miles this school year to compete successfully at five regional/state competitions where they honed their skills and collected an impressive array of awards on the road to nationals.

DeJoy is the head coach for Foothill's nationally ranked cheer squads and the varsity squad. She is assisted by Cheryl Holy, varsity choreographer Jasen Aldridge and JV squad coaches Jefferies, Megan Moore and Jenessa Dyke.

Foothill athletes must fund 100% percent of their program costs, so Foothill competition cheer is grateful for the support of the many sponsors who helped to defray expenses and get the teams to USA Nationals.


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