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By Jack Bailey

February 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- On January 28, 2012, junior varsity and varsity cheerleading teams met for competition.  They were the Grossmont Union High School District, and they competed in the Steele Canyon High School gymnasium in East County, California.
The Valhalla High School JV team was vying for their fourth victory in ten years, but the competition was fierce.  Grossmont High School took the floor first.  They were well choreographed and had been practicing hard, but they made a couple of technical errors, and their timing seemed just a little bit off.  Mount Miguel and El Capitan high schools were next on the bill.  Like the first team, their intense practicing had resulted in a good show, but a few errors probably counted against them.
Next up was Steele Canyon.  Their team seemed larger than the teams that had already performed.  Larger does not necessarily mean better, but they did perform almost perfectly.  As with the first few teams, they benefited from a coaching team that had spent a lot of disciplined time with them.  Also like the previous teams, the squad’s performance demonstrated countless hours of practice time.  They had, at most, one technical error, though, and their timing was almost impeccable. Their performance won them a second place for the night.
Following Steele Canyon was Granite Hills High School.  Like Steele Canyon, their team was large and strong.  Since they had won first place in this competition the previous year, the excitement was almost palpable when they started their routine.  That excitement was further stoked by an impeccable performance.  Both the cheer and dance sections of their presentation were music and rhythm to the eyes.  They performed without error. Every step, jump and dismount was perfect.  Along with the chosen music, the team was happy and energetic.  Their happiness, energy and near perfection won them first place for the evening.
The final JV team to take the floor for the evening was the cheer squad of Valhalla High School. Their team was large and just as excited as Steele Canyon and Granite Hills.  The dance and cheer sections of their routine showed great choreography and hours of dedicated practice. Their routine was purely high school girls having fun and showing school spirit.  Though they only placed third, they finished off the JV portion of the evening with a commendable performance.
In fact, all of the JV teams that evening deserve respect for the dedicated work of the girls and coaches.  They all showed up with excitement and school spirit exuding form their performances.  If this year’s competition is any hint of things to come, next year’s competition will be a great evening for everybody.


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