Cheerleaders Continue Winning Streak

Foothill's cheerleaders are on a white-hot winning streak, bringing home five more first-place titles from last weekend's regional competitions in Southern California.

The varsity and junior varsity cheer squads competed in back-to-back regional competitions in Rancho Santa Margarita and Muiretta. This annual, whirlwind journey gives the Foothill squads the chance to face opposing teams from the southern end of the state prior to nationals. The Falcons definitely put the So Cal teams on notice.

"The girls have been practicing incredibly hard for months to perfect their skills and routine," Coach Kim DeJoy said. "They were rock solid this weekend. I’m so proud of them."
The Varsity squad beat out seven other teams at the Murietta Regional to win 1st place in the Varsity Show Cheer-Intermediate division on Sunday.

The junior varsity team triumphed over eight other teams Saturday at Rancho Santa Margarita regionals and five other teams Sunday at the Murietta regionals to post a pair of first-place wins in the junior varsity show cheer-novice division. The junior varsity squad remains undefeated this season.

The group stunt teams took top honors at both competitions as well, taking on three and six other teams, respectively, at each venue in the high school group stunt-intermediate division.

The new year has started off with a bang for Foothill’s competition cheer squads. The two group stunt teams took top honors in the high school group stunt-intermediate division at the USA Regional competition held at Bear Creek High School in Stockton a week before heading to Southern California.

The teams next travel to the University of California, Davis in February for the California Open and then to Anaheim in March for nationals.

The junior varsity squad includes:
Haley Bean
Zoe Cristobal
Mitsu Dill
Sarah Downey
Kelsey Emery
Michelle French
Rikki Holman
Emily Palange (captain)
Jordan Robinson
Taylor Sanchez
Jessica Smilovitz
Sabrina Stermer
Brittany Trevor
Natalie Wright

The varsity squad includes:
Amanda Arnold
Jori Berman (captain)
Sarina DeJoy
Caressa DeRosset
Bailey Downum
Diane Hadley
Camile Hamlin
Hayley Jefferies
'Alakoka Kailahi
Keri Kodama
Gabbie Scalise
Haley Zavvattero

Foothill's group stunt cheer teams are:
Team Sarina                    Team Gabbie
Sarina DeJoy                    Caressa DeRossett
Bailey Downum                 Camile Hamlin
'Alakoka Kailahi                 Hayley Jefferies
Jordan Robinson               Emily Palange
Haley Zavattero                 Gabbie Scalise

Kim DeJoy is the head coach for Foothill's nationally-ranked cheer squads, assisted by Karen Maurice, Megan Moore and Cheryl Holy.

Special thanks to team mom Cheryl Palange for photos and detailed competition information.

Congratulations to all of the cheerleaders for their outstanding performances.

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012