Pleasanton JV cheer teams finish one-two at nationals

Foothill takes first, AVHS comes in second

Amador Valley and Foothill junior varsity cheer teams ranked high at last weekend's United Spirit Association (USA) High School Spirit Nationals in Anaheim -- with Foothill JV being named, once again, national champions.

Both teams competed against 24 other high school teams in the "Small JV Show Cheer Novice" category.

During last Friday's preliminary competition, both JV teams were part of the nine cheer teams advancing to last Sunday's final competition -- where Amador Valley placed second and Foothill placed first.

"This little team of ten girls amazed everyone with their performance," said Foothill JV cheer coach Nancy Jefferies. "Hearing our named called as national champions was something that we will never forget."

According to Amador Valley cheer team mom Sheryl Buscheck, JV's performance was "brilliant" and had no point deductions.

"It was the best they've ever performed it," Buscheck added.

Amador Valley and Foothill varsity cheer teams did not make it to Sunday's final competition last weekend.

Amador Valley competed against 23 teams in the "Large Varsity Show Cheer Intermediate" category, where they placed 13th.

"Varsity hit a solid routine with one small mistake at the very end. Our division was highly competitive so we are happy with our placement," said Amador Valley competition coach Linda Montoya.

Foothill varsity, defending national champions, placed 11th in Small Varsity Show Cheer Intermediate, competing against 22 other teams.

"I couldn't be more proud of them. This one competition does not define their entire successful se


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