Archive for March, 2011

March 27, 2011

Week 6

Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”

After coming back from a couple of days off  we were back to work practicing twice a day to perfect our routine. The first few days were rough but we were soon back on track hitting our routine even better than the week before. Our coaches just reminded us to stay positive and to keep pushing ourselves to work hard. We finished off the week with a pasta party at my apartment for more team bonding.

Bracelets our team wears

We competed again this Saturday at a local competition where we took first in our division for the second week in a row as well as earning a specialty award for our stunts ! “The Sky is the Limit”

Photos by Margaret Harmen

Next week is our last full week of practice before were on our way to nationals. We have an exhibition planned at our school on Friday to gain even more experience in performing and show our advanced skills.

Nationals is 9 days away !

March 21, 2011

Week 5

Championships are not won at the competition.

They are won at practice.


Our goal this week was to work hard and be able to perform our routine. We had some tough practices, but by the end of the week we hit the routine for the first time and knew we were ready to perform it. We competed for our first time this year on Saturday.We hit our routine with some minor mistakes and won first place in our division! We also got an award for our dance and received the award of Grand Champions.

This gave our team such a great  confidence boost, but is only one of the steps towards nationals. Next week we need to make sure were working harder than ever and be able to add some more difficulty.

Think about what you can do on the mat to earn respect. Is it hitting that new, innovative stunt that has never been performed before? Or is it pushing your teammates to do their very best while competing and letting that love shine through the performance? – Tayler Easton

Pictures from competition:

By: Kim Legaspi

Next weeks goals:

-To make the routine better by making some changes and compete again on saturday

March 13, 2011

Week 4

I believe in the impossible
If I reach deep within my heart
Overcome any obstacle
Won’t let this dream fall apart
See I strive to be the very best
Shine my light for all to see
Cause anything is possible
When you believe

Photo by: Kim Legaspi


A bond a cheerleading team shares is very dependable on every member. As my coach Nick Santolla says “Our team is like a blood clot.” Our team looked at him confused. He explained, that no matter what our team sticks together, when someone is hurt or upset the whole team runs to that individual, we care about each other and will always be there for one another.

This week was crunch time, it was the first time we ever ran the routine full out. Practices were tough and we know that they are only going to get harder. This is where my teammates, coaches, and myself realize how much we are a family. ” We need to lift as we climb” as my mother would say.

“Being a “cheerleader” means different things to different people… for some people being a cheerleader means adopting a new family.”  – Ryan Martin

Goals for next week:

-On Saturday the 19 we will be competing for the first time this season, our only goal is to hit the routine and have no mistakes.

March 5, 2011

Week 3

“Now is no time

to think of what you do not have.

Think of what you can do

with that there is “

Ernest Hemingway

This quote really relates to our team to not think of the negatives of our routine and what were lacking in, but to do the best with what we have.

This week has been very stressful, our main focus was working on our pyramids and putting them all together. Our pyramid section has three different parts. A 2-2-1, swedish falls and to finish off with a tower. Pyramids is the last thing we do in our routine, it brings us together and shows off the capability of working as a team. It requires trust and confidence in your teammates.

“the only way a team or a group can succeed is if we put aside our individual glory and focus on what’s best for the team.” – Ryan Martin


Swedish falls


Photos by: Russell Young

Goals for next week:

-Finish hitting the pyramids

-Start running the routine full-out

Nationals is 31 days away !