By Bailey Tower
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon’s Cougars cheer squad won the Desert Middle Schools Athletic League for the sixth time on March 19 at Combs High School.
They competed against three other teams: Hohokam, Combs and Maricopa. The Cougars won all five categories, including the all-around.
There were five categories that included five-man, which is a one-minute stunting routine that only involves five members of each team and lib-off, which is a competition in which one stunt group from each school participates to see who can hold a lib stunt the longest.
Jump-off is a competition in which two cheerleaders from each school perform different jumps and the cheerleader with the highest and best executed jumps wins. Tumble-off is a competition in which two cheerleaders from each school perform their best tumbling pass and the ladies are eliminated until there is a winner.
“Jessica Grabowski won the jump-off and I won the tumble-off and one of our stunt groups won the five-man and the lib-off,” said eighth grader Robynn Vandekrol. “We won the all-around show cheer competition and got trophies.”
These girls have worked hard to earn the term champions for Cactus Canyon Junior High school. The team usually practiced four to five days a week for two to five hours. Practices often went into the evening hours.
“We also practiced during spring break on Thursday for three hours and Friday for hours,” said Coach Cathy Messenger. “Plus, we had football games to attend to in January and February.”
The girls practiced and practiced and they followed through by winning every category.
“This year was an amazing year, full of hard work and good times,” said Vandekrol. “Our team walked into competition confident and walked out champions once again.”