It’s been a unique year for Southern Section offices of the California Interscholastic Federation, especially when it comes to the addition of its newly classified competitive programs, which include Competitive Cheer.
“The CIF was very excited to add competitive cheer to our sports offerings this year,” stated Roger Blake, Executive Director of the CIF. “We look forward to seeing the competitions and working with the California Department of Education to further develop policy and standards allowing the student-athletes involved in competitive cheer to enjoy greater opportunities to display their athletic talents in a safe environment.”
One local high school basking in the spirit is Murrieta Mesa, who has seen much success already in just this first year of competition under the guidance of Head Coach Chanada “Cha Cha” Turner.
The Varsity Competition team for the Murrieta Mesa Spirit Squad took first place at the USA Regional at Tustin High School Saturday, Jan. 13, and qualified for Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center, which taking place in February. The squad also took second place at the Cheerpros State competition a week later Saturday, Jan. 20.
“I could not be prouder of the way these student athletes have come together to represent our school as a family,” said Turner. “Not only has our squad been placing well, I must give a big shout out to Sage Zinser, a crossover athlete that performed a Varsity Dance Solo and took first place last weekend as well.”
Murrieta Mesa will be competing in the USA Nevada Open Saturday, Feb. 10, and are also working to build their first CIF team for the spring. More information about the Murrieta Mesa Spirit Squad can be found online at www.murrietamesaathletics.com/cheer.