Cheer team topples state competition

The Santa Ana Cheer team made its way to Pasadena on January 28 to take part in the California CheerPros State Competition.

The squad took the floor at the Pasadena convention center, admittedly nervous and anxious as to what was to come. 

“I was a little nervous for my elite because some people get nervous or just give up,” Kimberly Licea said. 

Just before its performance, the team linked hands, right over left, and listened to coach Averi say, “You guys have got this, I believe in you guys. You guys have proved that you guys deserve to win the State. Go with the counts and don’t panic.” 

It all worked as Santa Ana came off the floor with zero deductions and and eventually a first place finish in the Varsity Novice Co-Ed Division.  

During the Awards, Santa Ana’s Laisha Echegoyen was also chosen to receive $100 for her future university. 

On January 21, Santa Ana went to Martin Luther King High  for the CIF-Southern Section competition. 

“You guys got this, we have done this before and hit zero,” senior captain Mia said to pump up the team. Everyone was holding their signs anticipating the call of their team name to get on the floor. “Now taking the floor in the Varsity Co-Ed Novice division, Santa Ana High School!” called the judge and they ran to the floor rallying out.

The team went against nine others in their division and placed third (with zero deductions) behind La Habra High School and Elsinore High School. 

Santa Ana will host a CheerPros competition Saturday, Feb. 18.  

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