The Juneau-Douglas High School cheer team won the 4A cheer championship title at the Region V 2A/3A/4A basketball tournament on Saturday at Mt. Edgecumbe’s B. J. McGillis Memorial Gymnasium. JDHS cheerleaders Erika Cruz, Tania Miramontes, Fernando Pintang Jr. and Jessica Sjoroos were selected to the Region V all cheer team.
“Regions is a good experience because we get closer as a team,” second year cheerleader, sophomore Erika Cruz said. “Winning felt really good, like a weight being lifted off your chest and it showed all of our hard work paid off. We didn’t have to wish for our win, we worked for it. Games were really fun especially when TMHS supported us, as we did the same for them, it showed that even though we are different schools we are still “Juneau”. Games seemed easier too since we had already solidified skills so we feel like we showed everyone we are a strong and diverse team.”
JDHS will practice this week and compete at the Alaska State Cheer Competition on March 19th at South Anchorage High School. The Crimson Bears will compete in the co-Ed division and in the 60-second timeout category. The team will also cheer on the Lady Crimson Bears at the state basketball tournament.
The JDHS cheer and stunt team is comprised of 22 members and one manager and a mascot.
The team started 12 weeks ago, taking everyone who tried out for the team. The team focuses on “team” skills and not individual. “Our team is what will win, not just one person,” coach Carlene Nore said. “Trying to get teens to understand that TEAM comes before self is not always easy to do, but we have been very fortunate to have a great group of team members who continue to encourage and support their team mates to be successful.”
The team has 10 returning members and 12 new members, some have never cheered before.
“My experience at Regions was awesome,” senior Troy Holden, a first year stuntman, said. “I had a blast during games representing Juneau. The tournament was fun. I am just glad no one got hurt and we can focus on State now.”