Foothill’s competition cheer teams had another strong showing at two back-to-back Southern California United Spirit Association (USA) Regional competitions they attended this past weekend. All teams qualified again for USA Nationals on Saturday and Sunday at the USA Regional competitions held at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California and Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore, California.
Foothill’s varsity squad was awarded first place in the varsity show cheer intermediate division both days, competing in a mixed category of five small and medium varsity show cheer intermediate teams Saturday and one other team Sunday. Varsity competes as a small team at nationals.
The junior varsity (JV) squad was awarded first place in the JV show cheer novice-large division both days, competing against four other JV novice teams Saturday and four more on Sunday.
The group stunt-advanced team was awarded fourth place Saturday and first place Sunday, competing against three other teams on Saturday and two on Sunday. The group stunt-intermediate team did not compete this round due to an injury.
“These girls demonstrated tremendous resilience this weekend. Both show cheer teams had substitutions due to teammate injuries this past week, and each team only got one or two practices as a new team. I’m so proud to coach these amazing girls,” Coach Kim DeJoy said at the end of the weekend.
These competitions were the third and fourth in a series of six competitions in which the teams will compete from November to February on their quest for back-to-back national titles when they return to USA Nationals in March 2013. The teams will return to Southern California once more in January to compete in one last USA Regional. You can support them on their journey by following them at www.facebook.com/FHSFalconCheer.
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, Emma Loll, Maddy Maas, Sara Moore, Brie Morrissey, Erin Page, Jordan Robinson (co-captain), Taylor Sanchez (co-captain), Anika Simons, Stephanie Tasto and Noelle Viscaina.
Group Stunt Advanced team includes: Zoe Cristobal, Bailey Downum, Michelle French, Gabriella Scalise, and Natalie Wright.
Injured reserve: 'Alakoka Kailahi, Morgan Greenup & Sabrina Stermer.
Kim DeJoy is the head coach for Foothill's nationally-ranked cheer squads and coach for the varsity squad. She is assisted by Cheryl Holy and JV squad coaches, Karen Maurice and Megan Moore.
The road to USA Nationals is 10 months long and takes an extremely high level of commitment from the cheerleaders and families. Foothill sports must fund 100 percent of their program costs, so Foothill competition cheer is extremely grateful for the support of the many sponsors who are helping to defray expenses and get the teams to USA Nationals.
Corporate sponsors: 24 Hour Fitness, California Spirit Elite, Inc., Custom Designs & Sports, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Fresh Millions, Image Salon, Maas Brothers Powder Coating, Inc., Marleen Armstrong Insurance Agency, Olympic Orthodontics - Frederick L. Johnston DDS, Frank Guthrie DDS, Thompson Tom, DDS.
Friends and Family sponsors: Becky Dunn, Millie Dunn, Monte & Colleen Conway, Nana and Papa Souza, Ron Smith & Brent Haberman, The Moore Family, The Palange Family, Rick Storace, Birt & Kathleen Johnson, Jr., Don & Susanne Cary, Dr. Morris Lee, John & Rita Hartman, Judith Johnson, Larry and Barbara Kiefer, Richard and Beverly Roman, Tony & Julie Johnson, Barbara Faldmo, Birt & Preethi Johnson, Claudia Wells, Judy Kelso, Mary Ann and Randy LeQuieu, Mike Faldmo, Mulhern Family, Trina Johnson McCoy, Yolanda Moreno and Cathy Crawford.