An estimated 300 athletes, ages 5-14, took part in this year’s 2013 Southeastern Arizona Youth Cheer League competition where high-flying stunts, powerful tumbling and tight synchronization yield winning scores.
The event was held on Nov. 2 at the Buena High School gym in Sierra Vista.
The four cheer divisions Flag, Mighty Mite, Peewee and Midget were split up in two more division small or large and then in red or blue.
Each routine was two and a half minutes of music-pumping dance and quickly executed cheerleading stunts mixed with gymnastic moves.
The Douglas Charger Cheerleaders competed in all four division and flipped and twirled their way to number one.
The Chargers mighty mite, peewee and midget defended their title for the second year in a row.
Flag had a second place win last year but came out fighting this year with new and more difficult stunts winning them first place.
Each squad preps for hours from August to October in search of the two and a half minutes of perfection.
Teams from Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista and Willcox competed in the event.
The flag large division Willcox came in third place, Bisbee took second and Douglas won first place.
Mighty mite division Douglas was the only squad to compete in the red division making them the automatic first place winner.
In both the peewee and midget division Douglas competed in the blue division against the Sierra Vista Cardinals. The Cardinals came in second and Douglas brought home first place in both divisions.
This year’s Spirit Award went to the Bisbee Miners.
The Douglas Chargers football players and cheerleaders will be honored at their yearend awards and banquet which is scheduled for Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.., at the American Legion on G Ave.
Families are asked to bring their favorite pot luck dish. Cheerleaders are asked to bring their uniforms.
Trophies and pictures will be handed out that day to those who attend the banquet.