Cheerleaders Continue Winning Streak

For a second year in a row, Foothill’s competition cheer squads returned home victorious from the United Spirit Association (USA) California Open held at the UC Davis ARC Pavilion last Sunday.

“Eight months of practice and five regionals led up to this day,“ Coach Kim DeJoy said. “The girls know you get one shot and two and a half minutes on the floor. They gave it everything they had and then some.”

The varsity squad triumphed over seven other small- and medium-sized teams from California and Nevada to take home first place in the tough varsity show cheer-intermediate category. In addition, the team also took home the coveted grand champion title, awarded to the squad posting the highest overall score of the afternoon. They trounced 31 other teams to claim the title, including three middle school and 28 high school squads competing in all sizes and skill levels, including advanced and co-ed.

Foothill’s junior varsity (JV)show cheer squad prevailed over four other teams to take home first place in the large JV show cheer novice division. Group stunt does not compete at the California Open.

“We could not have made this far without our alternates,” JV Coach Karen Maurice said. “Tumbling and stunting took a toll this year and we’re grateful to Stephanie, Katie, Haley and especially Jordan for stepping in on short notice so the teams wouldn’t lose momentum.”

The California Open was the last in a series of six competitions in which the teams competed from November to February on their quest for back-to-back national titles when they return to USA Nationals in March 2013. The teams travel next to Anaheim in March to compete in the USA Spirit Nationals. You can support them on their journey by following them at

Varsity show cheer team includes Amanda Arnold, Zoe Cristobal, Sarina DeJoy, Bailey Downum, Michelle French, Camille Hamlin, Keri Kodama (captain), Amber Marquez, Emily Palange, Jordan Robinson, Gabriella Scalise and Natalie Wright.

JV show cheer team includes Cassidee Banks, Kailyn Coleman, Mackenzie Curran, Mitsu Dill, Shauna Dunlap, Jenna Edsen, Karina Galvez, Katie Jefferies, Emma Loll, Maddy Maas, Brie Morrissey, Erin Page, Jordan Robinson (co-captain), Taylor Sanchez (co-captain), Anika Simons, Stephanie Tasto and Noelle Viscaina.

Injured reserve are 'Alakoka Kailahi, Morgan Greenup, Sara Moore and Sabrina Stermer.

Congratulations to Foothill's outstanding cheerleaders!

By Cheryl Palange

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013