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Costa Mesa cheerleading team delivers school’s biggest win – a CIF-SS title – since 1995 – Orange County Register

Costa Mesa cheerleading team delivers school’s biggest win – a CIF-SS title – since 1995 – Orange County Register
  • Members of the Costa Mesa excessive cheerleading team throughout apply. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa cheerleader, Monse Jaime is tossed throughout apply. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa cheerleader, Natalie Arzmanians performs a flooring routine throughout follow. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members of the Costa Mesa cheerleading team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa excessive cheerleader, Monse Jaime lands a toss throughout apply. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa excessive Cheer Coach, Jason Barfield excessive 5’s a cheerleader throughout follow. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa cheerleader, Donavan Roa holds Kamea Binnquist within the air throughout follow. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa excessive Cheer Director, Kori Johnson speaks to the Costa Mesa cheerleading team which gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa excessive Cheer Coach, Jason Barfield speaks to a cheerleader. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Costa Mesa cheerleading team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa cheerleaders undergo a flooring routine throughout follow. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members of the Costa Mesa excessive cheerleading team exercise throughout apply. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa excessive Cheer Coach, Elle Lambert speaks to the Costa Mesa cheerleading team which gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members of the Costa Mesa excessive cheerleading team throughout follow. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members of the Costa Mesa excessive cheerleading team throughout apply. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Costa Mesa cheerleader, Rachel Kricorian reads a senior qoute. The team gained a CIF Southern Part title this previous weekend in aggressive cheerleading. That is the primary yr CIF-SS has held aggressive cheerleading championships and Costa Mesa gained the title in CIS-SS Division four co-ed. That is additionally the primary CIF-SS title for the varsity since 2003.
    (Photograph by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

A CIF Southern Part championship is tough earned, properly revered and usually represents the last word athletic achievement for athletes and coaches.

CIF-SS championship plaques in all sports activities are proudly and prominently displayed in a excessive school’s trophy case.

Costa Mesa Excessive Faculty this week added the primary CIF-SS team championship plaque to its trophy case in additional  than 20 years, however not for soccer, basketball, baseball or soccer.

The Mustangs and three different Orange County faculties – Cypress, Los Alamitos and Mater Dei – captured the first-ever Southern Part titles for conventional aggressive cheer.

The inaugural CIF-SS Conventional Aggressive Cheer Championships passed off Saturday, Jan. 12 at Colony Excessive in Ontario.

Costa Mesa gained the Division four co-ed championship. Mater Dei gained in Division 1AA, Los Alamitos in Division 1A and Cypress in Division 3AA.

Previous to Saturday, the final Costa Mesa team to win a Southern Part title was the boys water polo team, which gained the CIF-SS Division 2 title in 1995.

  • The Costa Mesa aggressive cheerleading team is proven performing on the inauguarl CIF Southern Part Championships for cheerleading on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Colony Excessive Faculty in Ontario. (Photograph courtesy of Costa Mesa Excessive cheerleading)

  • Mater Dei Excessive Faculty reacts after profitable the Division 1AA title within the first CIF-Southern Part Cheer Finals at Colony Excessive Faculty in Ontario on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photograph by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Day by day Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The Los Alamitos cheerleading team poses for a photograph after profitable the Division 1A title on the inaugrual CIF Southern Part Aggressive Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Colony Excessive Faculty in Ontario. (Photograph courtesy of Los Alamitos Excessive cheerleading)

  • The Cypress cheerleading team poses for a photograph after profitable the Division 3AA title on the inaugrual CIF Southern Part Aggressive Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Colony Excessive Faculty in Ontario. (Photograph courtesy of Cypress Excessive cheerleading)

  • The Costa Mesa aggressive cheerleading team poses for a photograph after profitable the Division four co-ed title on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Colony Excessive in Ontario. (Photograph courtesy of Costa Mesa Excessive cheerleading)

“The boys and girls just exploded with excitement,” stated Mustangs coach Kori Johnson, who was considered one of 11 Southern Part coaches to serve on the CIF Southern Part Cheer Advisory Committee. “It’s just validation for our girls and boys on how hard they worked.”

Whereas nationwide and regional competitions happen for all ranges of cheer and dance, inclusion within the CIF-SS means cheer is as a lot of a sport as soccer or baseball, Johnson stated.

“The other sports get recognition,” the coach stated. “This just gives us the respect that we deserve.”

Champions have been topped in eight divisions in Saturday’s competitors, with performances judged on crowd main, talent incorporations, companion stunts, pyramids and general impression.

Edison completed second in Division 1A. Villa Park, San Clemente and Trabuco Hills positioned second, third and sixth, respectively, in Division 2A. Beckman and Foothill have been second and fifth, respectively, in Division 3A. Godinez was third in Division 3AA, and La Habra was second in Division three co-ed. Marina, Brea Olinda and Santa Ana have been second, fourth and fifth, respectively, in Division 4A.

The championship competitors was nicely organized by the CIF, contemplating it was the primary one, stated Los Alamitos cheer coach Cheryl Vuong.

“They made the athletes feel like athletes,” Vuong stated. “They put on a great competition. We’ve been getting great responses.”

Vuong stated the aim of her program is to organize the members of her team to carry out for school cheer groups, the identical as different coaches do.

The Los Alamitos cheer squad all the time cheers on the school’s signing day occasions, when Griffins athletes signal letters of intent to play their sport at their chosen college, Vuong stated. However final yr was the primary time ever that a cheerleader was sitting alongside the remainder of the Griffins athletes and signing her personal letter of intent with a school.

Since profitable their Southern Part titles, the cheer groups have been receiving congratulatory messages from inside the faculty and past.

Faculty board members have despatched messages, and compliments are being posted on the groups’ social media websites.

In Cypress, the town council needs to honor the Cypress cheer team at a future council assembly, Centurions cheer coach Eric Galvin stated.

“To be able to experience the first one was exciting,” Galvin stated. “To win it was very precious for them.”