The Sunnyside High School cheerleading team includes: Dalilah Cuellar, Samantha Gonzalez, Molly Marquez, Mayra Ortiz, Janessa Frank, Tania Alvarez, Carina Lopez, Jasmine Brahms, Taran Perez, Isidro Diddens-Maldonado, Alfredo Loera III, Alexis Valdez, Isaiah Ramos, Francisco Garcia, Andrew Diddens, Lorenzo Sanchez and Zack Spidle.
As of Thursday, February 16, 2017
EVERETT The Sunnyside Cheerleading team won sixth-place in the non-tumbling co-ed division at the state competition.
The team scored 61.25 points, good for 40th overall.
Rogers of Spokane won the division title with a score of 79.25, and the overall team title was presented to Kentwood, which had a score of 95.
“The team worked incredibly hard to prepare for state,” Sunnyside coach Alejandra Ramos said.
Competitions for the team started Dec. 10 at Hanford High School. At that event, the Grizzlies cheer squad scored 48 points.
At a second competition at Hanford, the squad received a score of 56.5 points.
“The state cheerleading championships take the Top 50 scoring teams or all teams that score a minimum of 59 points,” Ramos said.
Sunnyside was the 50th team to qualify for the state competition.
“They didn’t allow the snow days and missed practices discourage them,” Ramos said regarding preparation for the championships.
“We rearranged a few stunt groups and added a new pyramid sequence to add difficulty points,” she said of the routine.
The team was proud of is score, having received its highest score of the season “… on the biggest stage,” Ramos said.
The team set goals and worked hard to achieve them. Ramos said the work to reach state began last summer.
“Nothing is given; everything is earned,” Ramos said. The concept motivated the team to push itself as a group, as well as individuals, motivating them to do their best and never give up, she said.
“As their coach, I couldn’t be more proud,” Ramos said.
“They adapted to changes and stepped up when asked.”
The appearance at state was the team’s first since 2013. The team hadn’t competed at state prior to that.