SQUADS HAVE SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT GIRLS FROM 20 AREA SCHOOLS ENTER SPIRITED COMPETITION.
LANCASTER - Cheerleading teams from 20 high schools and junior high schools participated Sunday in the 17th annual Antelope Valley College All Valley competition.
Hundreds of parents and other supporters packed the college gymnasium for the contest, which was won in the varsity large-squad division by Lancaster High School and in the varsity small-squad division by Paraclete High School.
``The teams are getting better and better every year,'' said Donna Horn, Antelope Valley College cheerleader adviser. ``We're seeing that at the younger level all the way through.''
Behind Lancaster High in the varsity large squad competition - for teams of 14 members or more - came Desert Christian High School in second place and Quartz Hill High School in third.
Rosamond High School finished second behind Paraclete in the varsity small-squad division.
Paraclete won the high school sportsmanship award, voted on by the teams.
Desert Christian won the stunt competition.
Lancaster won the junior varsity competition, followed by Quartz Hill in second and Highland in third. Lancaster came in first and Highland second in the freshman competition.
In the junior high school competition, Joe Walker Middle School won the large-squad division and Del Sur School the small-squad division.
In the large-squad division, Hillview Middle School came in second and Wildflower School came in third.
In the small-squad division, St. Mary's School came in second and Grace Lutheran School came in third.
Del Sur won the junior high sportsmanship award.
Joe Walker won the stunt competition.
Photo: (1 -- 2) Lancaster High School cheerleaders, at left, perform flips in the 17th annual Antelope Valley College All Valley cheerleader competition on Sunday. Above, girls on the Quartz Hill High School squad leap during their routine.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News