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Page 16 PDTK :le e r" - January 4, 2012 Competition cheer squad's goal is clear: Win state By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Having finishedeither first or second in the state in each of the last five years, Sweet Home's competitive cheer team isn't look- ing for anything less as their sea- son starts this week. "We're looking really good this year," said Amber Rosa, who is in her second year of leading the Huskies after taking over from Crystal Kimball. "We have a re- ally strong team." It's experienced too. The Huskies return three seniors and two juniors, all of whom are vet- erans. Sweet Home has placed sec- ond three years in a row after win- ning in 2007 and 2008. Rosa said her team has what it takes - if they can put it together. "Our choreographer has been all over the state and she told the JANUARY IS J BIKE MONTH!] WHEN: Fridays (Jan. 6, 13,20 & 27) TIME: After school- 5:30 p.m. WHAT: Bike safety, riding & repair. WHO: lst-6th Graders WHERE: O.K. Kids Club 28028 Pleasant Valley Rd. COST: $15 covers one month Call Little Promises to sign up 541-367-4350 girls this is the strongest team she's ever seen from Sweet Home," she said. "They really are. They have a lot of skills they've never had before." This year's team is made up of 24 girls, 20 of whom will be on the floor competing, with four alternates waiting in the wings to step in, if necessary. Leading them will be the returnees, seniors Kendra Whaley, Jordyn Price and Kellie Pollock, and juniors Taylor Thorpe and Mariah Morneault. Both Thorpe and Morneault have placed as individuals at the Allstate Cheer Competition, Thor- pe twice taking first place. Also on the team area seniors Sonya C0rliss and Carii Syfert, who are new to the program. Rosa said the Huskies are ben- efiting from gymnastics training they have received over the past several years from Tiffany Lynn, now of the Elite Performance Academy. "For a while now in Sweet Home we've been building a gym- nastics program and the girls have been taking gymnastics from Tif- fany," she said. "They have skills they've learned over a long pe- riod of time and they have new skills they've been able to bring to cheer." Another welcome addition is junior Breanna Froemke, a trans- fer from West Albany who placed third at this year's Allstate compe- tition. A longtime gymnast who competes for Oregon Dream Team in Portland, considered the top club cheer program in the North- west, she brings advanced gym- nastics skills to the Sweet Home team, Rosa said. "The other team members have been doing it for a long time, but she's been doing it a little lon- Categories: Adult Male Adult Female Youth (ages 12-17) Teams of 4 (ages 12 & up) Costs: $5 per weigh in - adults $3 per weigh in - youth Weekly weigh-in fees ,include wellness seminars open to the public. 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In second row, from left, are Selena Rowe, Jordyn Price, Kel- lie Pollock, Mariah Morneault, Sam my McMahand and Carii Syfert. In rear, from left, are Breanna Froemke, Chris- tina Jenkins, Adriana Perez, Aubrey Haskett and Kalyn Hagle. Not pictured are Kaelee Almy, Sabria Branton, Sonya Corliss, Erama Fitzsimons, Autumn Martin, Desime McCormick, Alex Olin, Randi Rockstead and Caitlyn Spencer. ger," she ;aid. "As far as a team is concerned, the more experience you have, obviously the better." Roundingout the teamare soph- omores KeleeAlmy, Kalyn Hagle, Christina nkins, Autumn Martin, Randi Rkstead, Selena Rowe, Courtney Sanders and Veronica Szuch, an freshmen Sabria Bran- ton, Emm Fitzsimons, Aubrey Haskett, Sammy McMahand, Alex Olfl, Adriana Perez, Cait- lyn Spener and Natalie Thorpe. This year the Huskies plan to com- pete in five competitions, starting with the Laker Rumble this Satur- day in Oregon City. More locally, they will be at Springfield High School Jan. 14 and28, followed by a competition Feb. 4 at the state fairgrounds in Salem. Rosa said the goal this year is to win the state title. She expects the biggest competition to come from Brookings, which edged the Huskies last year for the cham- pionship, Klamath Union, Ma- dras, South Umpqua and Cottage Grove. "Klamath Union and Cottage Grove are both new programs, but they must have good coaches because they improved a lot last year," she said. "Brookings beat us last year. "Our goal this year is to get first. This is the hardest routine Sweet Home has ever had and this is the best team we've ever had. If we work hard, we should do well." Photos courtesy of Deana Davis At left, Christian Porter shoots while Kyle Winslow blocks out against Hidden Valley's Loren Craig at the Stayton Christmas Tournament. Above, Daniel Cardenas of Hid- den Valley tries to block a shot by Grant Kauffman. The Huskies varsity basketball team lost three games at the Stayton tournament held Wednesday through Friday, in- cluding La Salle Prep 72-49, W F West of Washington 65- 50 and Hidden Valley 47-43.