Competitive and Sideline Cheer Team Perform at Regional Competition

The Competitive Cheer Team performs their pyramid during the routine.

The Campolindo Competitive Cheer Team traveled to Antioch, California on January 7 to compete in their second Regional Competition of the season. Accompanying them, the Sideline Cheer Team also competed in Antioch, making it their first Regional Competition of the season, and placed third in their division.

Training since summer, the team has been preparing for both their football and competition season, and has recently qualified for Nationals.

Head Coach Selin Wold, who has been coaching the Comp Team for three years said, “We first meet with a professional choreographer to learn the routine that we will be competing with during the season. We break down the routine and work on the stunts, dance section, and cheer. We add additional practices as we get closer to competition dates.”

The Competitive Cheer team competed in the Varsity Show Cheer Novice Large Division, along with several other high schools; including Rancho Cotate, Foothill, and Amador Valley.

Freshman McKenzie Khan said, “It was scary at first but as soon as I stepped on the mat, I felt confident. Cheer is a community where we celebrate each other’s successes and help each other overcome challenges.”

Having gone through many injuries and challenges through the season and being able to bond over them, Wold described the team as a “very tight knit group who genuinely care about each other.”

Head captain senior Emma Helber said, “My favorite part was performing, experiencing it with my teammates and just doing what we love most. My goal was to make sure that everyone stayed focused, felt supported by their captains, felt confident going into their performance, hit all of our stunts, and enjoyed being out on the mat. I am really proud of how hard everyone worked in the weeks leading up to it.”

Campo received a qualifying final score of 85.60 and placed fourth in their division. Amador Valley High School, located in Pleasanton, California, secured first place.

Khan added, “My favorite thing about the competitions is getting to perform a routine that we’ve tirelessly worked on for months and having it all come together in one performance. Nothing feels better than hitting your stunt or jogging off the mat after you put everything into your performance.”

When asked what she is most excited about for the rest of the season, Wold said, “Traveling down to Anaheim for Nationals and making wonderful memories that will stay with everyone for years to come.” Wold continued, “I love watching the team perform and the bond that is formed between the teammates throughout the season.”

The team is now off to perform in a State Cheer Invitational, a NorCal Spirit Showcase, and their National Competition in the months to follow.