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Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - March 29, 2013

Foothill cheerleaders win three back-to-back nationals

Falcons make history for Foothill, United Spirit Association

For the second year in a row, Foothill High School's competition cheer squads returned from Southern California triumphant after earning three national championship titles at the United Spirit Association's (USA) High School Spirit Nationals competition held March 15-17 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

"We set our goal to win back-to-back championships 10 months ago," said coach Kim DeJoy. "Nationals is the place where preparation meets opportunity. Each team gets one shot and two-and-a-half minutes on the floor to prove they're No. 1."

The teams qualified to compete at nationals during regional competitions held earlier in the season. The competitive cheer season lasts a grueling 10 months, starting in May and continuing through nationals in March. The victorious Falcons traveled more than 4,300 miles this year to compete successfully at six regional/state competitions where they honed their skills and collected an impressive array of awards on the road to nationals.

This was the first back-to-back USA Nationals win for Foothill and it was made more impressive with the acquisition of three championship titles each year. For Foothill's group stunt team, it was also the first time any school had won back-to-back titles in USA's group stunt intermediate division.

Cheerleading teams are as follows:

Intermediate group stunt: Amanda Arnold, Sarina DeJoy, 'Alakoka Kailahi, Emily Palange, Anika Simons

Advanced group stunt: Zoe Cristobal, Bailey Downum, Michelle French, Gabbie Scalise, Natalie Wright.

JV show cheer: Cassidee Banks, Kailyn Coleman, Mackenzie Curran, Mitsu Dill, Shauna Dunlap, Jenna Edsen, Karina Galvez, Morgan Greenup Emma Loll, Maddy Maas, Sara Moore, Brie Morrissey, Erin Page, Jordan Robinson (co-captain), Taylor Sanchez (co-captain), Anika Simons, Sabrina Stermer, Stephanie Tasto, Noelle Viscaina

Varsity show cheer: Amanda Arnold, Zoe Cristobal, Sarina DeJoy, Bailey Downum, Michelle French, Camille Hamlin, 'Alakoka Kailahi, Keri Kodama (captain), Amber Marquez, Emily Palange, Gabriella Scalise and Natalie Wright.

Coaches are DeJoy, Megan Moore and Karen Maurice.

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