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Maverick Alliance cheer team overcomes adversity to place 3rd at NCA Competition

Maverick Alliance cheer team overcomes adversity to place 3rd at NCA Competition
Posted on 02/02/2018
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By Jade Wise
PISD Communications

Going up against 13 of the top teams in the country, the Pasadena Memorial Maverick Alliance cheer team recently overcame adversity and injuries to place third in the medium novice division of the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) competition.

After a less than ideal first day showing at the two-day competition, the Mavs found themselves ranked in the middle of the pack before they pulled off an unlikely comeback. 

“Winning third place was a big surprise because we were in sixth place after the first day,” said Nat Gonzalez, a senior and the team’s co-captain. “It is unusual for a team to move up more than one to two places overall and it is very easy to drop down in the rankings.”

Preparations for the NCA began for the Mavs after receiving a bid during a Varsity Spirit Summer Camp in August. In October, Coach Jenifer Torres set up competition tryouts and began teaching choreography for the routines.

However, injuries and an unfortunate car accident right before NCA created challenges that the team had to overcome.

“We really had to come together as a team, said Gonzalez. “We lost five people to injuries, including our captain, in a matter of three weeks and a week before our showcase we had to relearn our whole routine in about 6 hours.”

Despite the adversity and short timeline to rework a routine that included jumps, tumbling, stunting, pyramids, a yell and a cheer, Coach Torres continued to encourage the team to never to give up.

Freshman cheerleader Natalie Ortiz said, “Coach Torres sees our team’s potential and always pushes us to do our best. She’s a really great coach and she loves us to death.”



Mavs Alliance Perform at the NCA Competition
Mavs Alliance perform a routine at the NCA Competition.

Mavs Alliance Perform a cheer at the NCA Competition
Mavs Alliance perform a routine at the NCA Competition.