Warriors Place 5th In State, 1st In Tucson; Prepare For Nationals In March

Avae Velasquez El Guerrero Pueblo



By Avae Velasquez

Pueblo Warrior Cheer 5th In State Competition

On January 23, the Warrior Cheer team competed for the first time in at least seven years at the AIA State Competition at Grand Canyon University, placing fifth in Division 2.

Before the Warriors left for Phoenix, they had a team conversation about what they wanted to happen.

“The biggest thing that we all agreed on was not regretting anything about our performance,” said Coach Frankie Grijalva.

Although the team did not come back as state champions, they were the only Tucson team to place in the top five in all three divisions.

“I know we have a strong team, we just had to prove it,” said senior Xamantha Williams. “Being top five in our state and number one in our city is such an awesome accomplishment.”

Grijalva said, “I knew that this team had it in them to make a name for our school and that is what they did and will continue doing as we get ready for Nationals in March held in Anaheim.”

The cheer team will be competing in Anaheim, California in mid-March at the UCA National competition. The Cheer Boosters set up a “GoFundMe” account in order for Pueblo students, faculty, staff and community members to donate money to the team so that will be able to afford the trip.

The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/pueblo

Williams said, “I’m leaving Pueblo happy to say that I was a part of the magic that helped our sports programs do so well this school year.”

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