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8 Teams from Southern Arizona Qualify for State Spiritline Championships

L-R: Vanessa Medrano, Hector Carbajal and Gissel Ramos. (Amphitheater Team Photo)

The Spiritline State Qualifiers for Partner Stunt, Coed Cheer, All Girl Stunt and Show Cheer are now finalized after various competitions held on Saturday Jan. 23 and Saturday 30. Various teams from Amphitheater, Benson, Pusch Ridge, Sabino, Sahuarita and Salpointe will advance to the state championships scheduled for March 6.

The state qualifiers for Pom, Open Jazz and Open Hp Hop are slated for Saturday, Feb. 6 at Poston Butte.

The state championships for Game Day competition took place on Dec. 12 at Chaparral High School. Sahuarita won the D-III state championship, Pusch Ridge took second in D-IV and Cienega took fourth in D-I.

Amphitheater took first place in the D-III/IV Partner Stunt Division on Saturday which turned out to be a remarkable accomplishment beyond the obviously difficult competition itself.

“We just got cleared for contact and started practicing five days ago,” Amphitheater head coach Kayla Jordan wrote. “No matter how many times this team was told “no” or “sorry you have to wait” they never gave up. We came out with a first place at AIA qualifiers and qualification to state! Also a huge thank you to the AIA spirit committee for running such a safe and great event! We feel blessed.”

GAME DAY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dec. 12: Chaparral High School

D-I: Cienega (4th Place)
D-III: Sahuarita (State Champion)
D-IV: Pusch Ridge (State Runner-up)

SPIRITLINE STATE QUALIFIERS

Jan. 30: ALA-Gilbert North

DIVISION III/IV PARTNER STUNT
1: Amphitheater

DIVISION III/IV COED CHEER
3: Sahuarita

DIVISION III ALL GIRL STUNT
6: Sabino

DIVISION IV ALL GIRL STUNT
1: Benson

DIVISION III SHOW CHEER
1: Pusch Ridge
3: Benson

DIVISION IV SHOW CHEER
7: Salpointe
8: Sabino

(Salpointe Photo)

POM, JAZZ, HIP HOP STATE QUALIFIERS

Feb. 6: Poston Butte High School

SPIRITLINE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

March 6: SITE TBD

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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