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LOUD AND PROUD TEAM SPIRIT 1ST IN COASTAL REGIONALS.

Byline: Sharon Cotal Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - Team Spirit, a new competitive cheerleading squad from SCV Club Cheer, took first-place honors at the West Coast Regionals held March 6 at Six Flags California's Magic Mountain.

The team is under the direction of Coach Danielle Wick, who grew up cheering for American Cheer in Bakersfield, one of the premier programs in America, where she also coached for four years.

Now a Valencia resident and graduate of The Master's College, she wants to share her experience with the young people of Santa Clarita.

Wick believes that competing against the best is the true measure of performance achievement, but that the real measure of success is one's character and attitude.

``Our purpose is to see these young people develop coordination, self- confidence and performance skills to a level where they perform at their own personal best,'' Wick said.

Robin Moncada's oldest daughter, Sara, 7, is in her second year of cheering.

``I've noticed her self-confidence has really increased - she used to be very shy,'' Moncada said. ``We have a lot of fun and I think this offers people another alternative to keep their children active.''

The popularity of competitive cheerleading continues to soar as routines combine elements of gymnastics and dance and participants learn self-confidence and teamwork.

``These days with any sport, you have to start early to make a team in high school, and cheering is no exception,'' Moncada said. ``This program will prepare young girls for cheerleading at the high school level.''

SCV Club Cheer has been operating out of a gym in Canyon Country, but is relocating to a more central location in the Santa Clarita Valley. The new season will start in May with opportunities for all levels of age and ability in recreation and competitive classes.

For information, call Wick at (661) 713-7315 or visit www.scvclubcheer.com.

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(color) Team Spirit, taking a break on the beach after a recent competition, are, front, from left, Katie Anderson, Erica Ferguson, Erin Meottel, Natalia Dimoski, Katelyn Moncada and Isabella Ellwein; back, from left, are Chloe Caldwell, Kira Evanoff, Alexa Shaw, Makenna Sekeres, Brooke Delaplane, Hannah Verville, Lauren Elizondo, Paiten Dimoski, Alex Dimoski and Sara Moncada.
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