Spirit Line Awaits Judge's Decision


In a matter of days, members of the Payson High School spirit line should know the results of a statewide competition the squad participated in Feb. 1 at Phoenix Memorial Coliseum.

"We think we did very well, but we won't know for sure until we hear from the judges," spirit line sponsor Becky Hagler said.


The members of the Payson High School spirit line are awaiting the results of a recent awards competition held in Phoenix. Spirit line members include (front row, left to right) Jilleen Jones, Lara Williams, (second row) Bonnie Clayton, Joleen Sezille, Ashley Jones, (back row) Tauni Foster, Carlie Whelan, Amanda Korth, Sherah Cline and Autumn Conway.

"The results will be mailed to us, but we're keeping an eye on the AIA (Arizona Interscholastic Association) website to see if it's posted there."

In the competition, high school cheer squads from around the state had their routines judged by representatives of professional cheer companies from California, Utah and Arizona.

The 11-person team from Payson competed in the Class 3A Show-Cheer division performing a routine of stunts, dances and cheers, Hagler said.

Longhorn fans got a firsthand look at the routine Friday night in Wilson Dome during halftime of the boys basketball game against Show Low.

According to Hagler, the routine is a combination of cheers the group has worked on since the beginning of the school year last August.

Through hard work and creativity, the spirit line was able to mold what they think is one of the best routines in high school cheer, Hagler said.

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