Competition season is where cheer becomes a sport. You’ve got to be flawless to win against other teams. On Saturday the mustang cheerleaders traveled to Los Angeles and competed against some of the best in the area. Winning Grand Master Champions, the team took home almost every award. They won first place in their division beating out 5 other teams. They also won first place out of all divisions with the highest score of the day, being victorious over even co-ed and all-star teams.
They also swept the individual stunt group competitions. Natalie Fowler, Lexi Stroman, Emily Strodel and Laura Vaugious took 1st place. Andrea Ross, McKenzie Soldin, Paige Labare and Rachel Keane took 2nd, and Alyssa Dasca, Alyssa Lopez, Allie Ross and Jordan Weir took 3rd.
In the tumbling division, Alexis Dasca took 2nd place and Allie Ross came in 3rd. In the JV tumbling category Lea Mitani won 2nd place. The JV stunt group consisting of Collette Rhoads, Jordin Peurrung, Abby Bonilla and Priscilla Zieglar received 2nd place.
The team also competed in the dance division for the first time and ended up coming in 2nd place in the advanced pom division, losing out by 2 points to a dance studio- Yucca Valley Heat.
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In the turn’s category, Alyssa Dasca, 1st, Alyssa Lopez, 2nd and Jazzy Jaime 3rd. Alyssa Dasca also won 2nd place in toe touches and 1st in leaps. In high kicks Jordin Perrung placed 2nd and Rachel Keane placed 3rd.
The Mustangs won the title Grand Master Champions and a bid to Nationals because of their cumulative points for the day.
Not resting on the laurels of Saturday the team did it once again on Sunday. The team traveled to UCI and competed with over 75 other teams at the Southern California Classic by GSSA. The team not only won the division championship but 5 seniors were chosen as semi-finalists for the West Coast Region Scholarship Team. Alyssa Dasca, Courtney Hatch, Selena Arreola, Megan Settles, and Natalie Fowler were selected from their performances during the competition and now are giving the opportunity to win a share of over $10,000 towards college. CMHS has had 3 members of their cheer team be awarded scholarships- in 2009 Ally Krikorian received $1,000, in 2010 Patricia Cruz received $400 and in 2012 Kerlly Castellano was named Cheerleader of the Year for the Western United States and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
Coaches Kori Johnson, Frank Molina and Maria Cabande were very proud of the girl’s accomplishments both days. Competition season is a time for us, for our team, we spend so much time giving back to others whether it be raising school spirit, cheering on our other athletics teams or performing community service- competition is about our skills and what we can do as a team, how we can compete against other teams and be victorious. But there is no time to dwell on the victories of this weekend, practice continues and we are aiming for the state title in 3 weeks.
Written by Kori Johnson
Koreen Johnson (Kori) has been the cheer coach at Costa Mesa High school for seven years. She has been involved in cheer and gymnastics for over 35 years. In her years of coaching the team has won numerous awards through UCA, GSSA, and Sharp organizations. Along with being coach she has won many different awards on her own including being part of the top 100 influential people in Newport Mesa.