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Shadow Ridge cheer team poses with a first place state championship banner.

Cheer and Pom win big at State and Nationals

Congratulations to the three Dysart Unified School District schools that earned top honors at state and national competitions.  During the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) State Cheer Competition held on March 12, 2022, Shadow Ridge placed first in the Coed Cheer 1-2 Division, Willow Canyon High School second, and Valley Vista High School earned third.  

The Coed Cheer category included a two minute and 30 second routine broken up into two elements – one minute of a crowd leading cheer, one minute and 30 seconds of music. Teams performed stunts, tumbling, jumps, and a dance during music sections and focused on a variety of coed skills, including coed partner stunting. 

Additionally, Willow Canyon High School Pom placed sixth at state in Division 2 Pom.

The pom routine incorporated dance based skills such as turns, leaps and jumps and focused on strong and precise motions, team synchronization and visual effects. 

Willow Canyon High School had two recognitions at the USA Spirit Nationals, held in Anaheim California.  The Cheer team earned first place in the Small Coed Show Cheer Advanced category making this a back to back win for the program. Additionally, the Wildcat Pom team earned second place for the Small Song/Pom Intermediate category. 


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