The final fourth quarter of the 2012 season has long since ticked away, yet the Juneau-Douglas High School football cheerleaders are still hard at work preparing for a state-wide cheer competition.
“There is always something to clean up on routines,” JDHS head cheer coach Carlene Nore said. “We have been practicing four nights a week since our last football game.”
The JDHS football cheer team will be competing in the 2012 Alaska Spirit Coaches Association Cheer competition on Saturday at Anchorage’s South High School. This is the Crimson Bears’ first appearance at competition and they will enter three team categories: scholastic, all girl, and small school division.
In addition, team members Erica Cruz and Jessica Sjoroos will enter the Individual Scholastic Cheer category. Other teammates are Abby Maloney-Sheakley, Marial Carrillo, Cece Felipe, Caitlyn Taboado, Book Moss, Charity Anderson, Tempest Smith, Devon West, Krista Yadao and Tania Miramontes. Assistant coach is Dawn Skrzynski. Colby Nore and Chelsea Kilgore do the team’s choreography and various boys from JDHS assist with stunts.
“We are really excited,” sophomore cheerleader Charity Anderson said. “We have been cleaning our routine up and working on stunting, just putting every thing together. Because of the rain we don’t get to stunt as much during football games. We think we can show everybody how strong of a team we are.”
Over 16 high schools as well as All Star cheer teams from around Alaska will be competing. JDHS is the only representative from southeast.
JDHS will compete in the all girl small division, which includes teams such as Palmer and Soldotna. There are also large team, co-ed and competitive divisions. Teams will be scored by Cheer judges from around the country and will be able to receive some feedback on their performances.
“We’ve worked hard during the season and have grown skill-wise,” Nore said. “This competition seemed like the next step to continue to develop the program. We’re going to do our best to represent JDHS and cheer for Southeast Alaska.”
The Team Event can be no longer than 2.5 minutes with music and cheer section and must have elements of dance, stunts (basic, 1-legged, tosses), pyramids, tumbling, jumps, cheer (loud, crowd involvement, voice), showmanship and execution of performance.
“We are sharp and clean and that is what we need to do to win,” Nore commented. “No stunts falling and everything “hitting” on time.”
Individual cheerleaders Cruz and Sjooros will be competing against approximately 15 other girls in the HS Individual Cheer event. Winners in this event win scholarships for Post Secondary education.
Individual events can be no longer than 1.5 minutes with music section and feature elements of tumbling skills, jumps, dance, cheer and voice, crowd involvement and entertainment.
“Jessica’s routine will showcase her strengths in tumbling as well as show her athletic ability and endurance,” Nore commented. “Erika’s routine highlights her cheer technique throughout the routine; Sharp, clean and fun to watch. This will be the first time either girl has entered into an individual event. I think people will be impressed by what our team accomplishes.”