Truckee Pop Warner cheerleaders sweep home competition
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Pop Warner Junior Peewee Cheerleaders kicked off a fantastic Pop Warner Sagebrush Empire Cheerleading Competition on Sunday, Nov. 2.
Hosted for the first time ever in Truckee this year, Truckee High School was filled beyond capacity with cheer teams from all over the district competing for a shot at a regional bid in Santa Clara on Nov. 28.
After opening with the National Anthem, sung by local cheerleader Miranda Parkhurst, Junior Peewees were the first competitive team on the floor.
Flyer Tatum Haupert gained new heights and helped the team complete an award-winning routine setting the bar high and winning first place in the competition.
Flyers Alexandra Reynolds and Alyssa Sveistrup showed their skills up in the air. Julia Egan and Emily Williams gained points from the judges for completing such difficult feats as heel stretches and bow and arrows.
Working hard were the strong bases, Maddison Mendoza, America Ayala, Monserrat Paniagua-Ruiz, and Alesandra Chavez. Tumbling was highlighted by Kaylie Ielati and Cami Perez. Front bases were Savannah Reynolds and Michelle Zamora.
Rounding out the performance were Jill Booth, Stephanie Garcia, Maria Elisa Pena, Callie Ross and Marisol Ruvalcaba.
Victoria Crittenden and Meganne Sawyer, the youngest members of the team contributed greatly to the routine, but due to their age and Pop Warner rules, will not be eligible to compete in regional competition.
After the performance the Truckee Wolverine mascots, cheerleaders Colin Reynolds and Gannon Billings, took turns spurring on the crowd and helped vault Truckee to win the Spirit Award, granted for community spirit on one side of the equation and the spirit of the cheerleaders on the other. In a sea of red and white, Truckee brought home a clean sweep.
These cheerleaders also took first place in the American Cheer Power Nationals held in Las Vegas this past spring.