North Pointe’s Coed Competition Cheer team competed at the AIA State Qualifiers at Verrado High School. Their warmups went flawlessly, the beginning of the routine was superb, but unfortunately there were two stunt drops during the middle. However, the Falcons were able to make a quick recovery and complete their routine with a strong finish. “I’m proud of how the team competed and came together,” said Coach Moore.
North Pointe’s competition partner stunt team competed for the AIA State Qualifiers at Verrado High School. The warmups went extremely well, and there was only one drop during the routine. The Falcons were able to finish their routine strongly, and the crowd loved their enthusiasm. “The Partner Stunt team worked hard and gave it all they had,” said Coach Moore.
The competition cheer team competed this past weekend at the United Spirit Association Estrella Foothills Regional Competition. This is one of many qualifying regional events on the west coast to attend the largest Nationals on the west coast. In order to qualify for USA Nationals teams must score an average of 75 points to receive a bid. North Pointe cheer has not qualified for a Nationals is several years and it was one of our team’s goals this season to qualify for Nationals. We were just coming off of our State qualifier competition the week before, and had to once again get our minds focused on our goal. We had just one practice with everyone due to injured athletes. None the less the team came together when they stepped onto the big blue competition mat. Once the music started the routine came to life and was much sharper and cleaner than their last performance. The team stepped off of the mat with smiles on their faces as they knew they had just hit a solid routine. Now it was time to wait for awards. We heard our name called and received our first place trophy, but we did not hear them announce our name for Nationals. We left awards thinking we did not qualify for nationals. Upon receiving our score sheets we were thrilled to see our certificate and invitation to attend the 2016 USA National Competition. The announcers simply forgot to announce our name when we received our trophy. “The team’s average score was 5 points higher than it was the previous weekend proving that when we can hit clean, sharp routines we will be rewarded. The team’s new goals are to keep improving their skills on the road to the State championships, and to attend the USA Nationals in California this March,” said Coach Messana.
The AIA State Spiritline Championships was this past weekend. Competition Cheer, Competition Pom, and Partner Stunt were all competing for a chance of a state title. The championship is held in Prescott Valley, Arizona. We got to the competition at 7:30 and started to prepare for our long day of events. First was partner stunt. Coach Alex said “I am so proud of Tyler Reddin and Mikayla Shepherd. They have been practicing together for only six months and qualified for State their first time together as partner stunt. Many partner stunt pairs have years of experience.” Tyler and Mikayla with their spotter Rosie took the mat at state and made a huge presence. Tyler and Mikayla hit a strong routine with a lot of energy. They ended up taking 6th place at State. Coach Alex said “These two have the potential to be amazing in partner stunt, they are both committed to working really hard this summer to advance their skills. These two are going to do great things, just wait and see.”
The next team to perform was Pom. These girls and guy are the defending State Pom Champions. During qualifiers they placed second to Globe and have been working on harder skill since November. They knew what needed to be done to take the first place title at State they needed to hit their routine flawlessly. We they took the floor at competition and the music started it was a little low and I thought they might get off count, said coach Alex. The low music did not throw them off and they brought the house down with their performance. The crowd loved the routine, and after their performance Jace Lefevers was interviewed about his performance and he said “It was what I hoped it would be, and considering it my first year on pom I think I did pretty exceptional.” Jace was right the pom routine was exceptional and they took the title home again this year, back to back pom State champions!
Cheer was the last team to perform on Saturday. We worked really hard in practice all week to clean up the small details of the routine. Coach Alex said “This team has so much raw talent and in the short time I’ve been their coach I have seen them grow and progress.” We circled up for the last time this season behind the curtain. I told them “This is your time, I want you to go out there and leave it all on the mat. I don’t want you to walk off the mat thinking you could have done something better. Now is your time to do it for one another, own that mat.” As soon as the team took the floor and the music started they did just that. They had their best performance of the season they hit everything! This team is more than just getting together to do a routine, they are a family! They know they have 23 brothers and sisters they can depend on. Cheer ended up bringing home 3rd place at the State Championships.
The best was yet in store, we were going for the Overall Division II State Championship. To qualify you must have an entry in every division; partner stunt, pom, and cheer. Then they combine your scores from all three event and the school with the highest score takes home the division title. They called all of the top five schools down to the floor and slowly started announcing the places. When they got to second place and announced Douglas we knew this meant we won. Next the moment we had dreamed and worked so hard for. They announced North Pointe Prep Overall Division II State Champions. It was a great moment with many tears of happiness. Coach Alex said “I couldn’t have asked for a better first season! As a new coach to a school it’s always an adjustment, and these athletes welcomed me with open arms. This team had two great senior leaders Aubrey Martin and Samantha Burgmeier who always set a great example, even when things were hard they kept the team up with positivity. I am honored to be a part of a program with a long history of excellence, and I hope to keep this legacy of excellence going for many seasons to come!”
The Competition Cheer and Pom teams competed this past weekend at the UCA Cactus Cup Competition. Coach Alex said “The week leading up to this competition was difficult for both pom and cheer. I just wanted both teams to go out there and use this as a warm-up before our big AIA state competition next week.” Cheer competed first and started off really strong, but made a couple of stunt mistakes. Pom competed second and had great energy, but had a few timing issues. Coach Alex said “I am beyond proud of our team’s performances this weekend, especially after the week we had. I am glad we made the mistakes we did now, instead of next week at state. Both teams will be working extra hard in practices this week to prepare for state.”