Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 11, 2011

Cheer teams win state championship

Teams will compete in national competition in March

by Jeb Bing

The Foothill High School JV and Varsity cheer teams placed first in the United Spirit Association California State Championship competition Sunday at UC Davis.

The teams won the JV Show Cheer Intermediate and Varsity Show Cheer Advanced divisions, competing against three other teams from Northern California in each division. The teams will next compete in the national competition in Anaheim in March.

Coached by Megan Moore, the varsity team includes Jori Berman, Bailey Downum, Alylssa Dunlap, Sarah Hadley, Alex Holterhoff, Keri Kodama, Danielle Kozel, Hayley Long, Addie Mantor, Gabbie Scalise, Mackenzie Shields and Paige Tabler.

Coached by Kim DeJoy and Karen Maurice, the JV squad includes Amanda Arnold, Haley Bowers, Caressa Duarte, Michelle French, Diane Hadley, Camille Hamlin, Hayley Jefferies, 'Alakoka Kailahi, Emily Palange, Natalie Pearce, Taylor Sanchez, Summer Shelton, Natalie Wright and Haley Zavattero.

"It's been a tough year filled with injuries so this was a huge accomplishment for them," said Cheryl Palange, who handles publicity for the teams.

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