NEW ENGLAND REGION TUESDAY HIGHLIGHT TEAMS
The Stratford Renegades
came from the New England region to show what Stratford can do. Coach Latanya Tubman has made the journey to The National Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Competition 6 times. It’s the second time for most her her team. They put the work in both on and off the mat. This Junior Varsity team of 21 raised funds through sponsorships, canning and the popular Krispy Kreme fundraiser. Now that they are here, Coach Latanya tell her team they’ve “got this”. The team, knows they can do it and looks forward to some time in the parks once they finish competing. Go Stratford!
New England’s East Bay Warriors
are making the most of their first and last first trip to the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Competition. This small but close group of cheerleaders will age out at the end of the season. The sadness of ending their Pop Warner careers has been put off a little longer. When it ends, it will be together.
Coach Andrea Rodrigues is proud of her team and all they have accomplished. After finishing up their competition today, the team is looking forward to Pop Warner night and getting on some of the rides. Most of all, they look forward to doing it together. Go East Bay Var-si-tay!!
MID AMERICA REGION TUESDAY SPOTLIGHT TEAMS
Laporte Slicers are a varsity team from Mid America Region. Their colors are a bold Orange, Black and White. They are a busy squad, participating in both dance and cheer this week. Their favorite you ask...and overwhelming POM. It is their "fun" routine. We also have two boys on our team. Like all teams, much fund-raising was needed to get here. For team bonding- they had a “Friendsgiving”.
"We love to cheer and dance and thank our coaches for everything they do for us."
Independence Patriots are from Mid America. Our colors are red white and blue. We are a dual team performing two routines today. They love both dance and cheer and it’s hard to choose between the two teams. We took first at locals, first at regionals. We were at a cheer competition with our high school team and we scored higher than them. Meagan has been the head coach for several years. She is also the league coordinator and the association coordinator Meagan had also coached her daughter for many years and she is now one of the teen coaches. Good luck patriots!
SOUTHEAST REGION SPOTLIGHT TEAMS
Faith…Trust…Believe……(FTB) is the moto of the Lakeside Panthers Pee Wee Show Cheer Team. The coaches of this team are committed to building a connection with the girls that will last for years. This team consists of various levels of cheer experience that aren’t noticeable during the performance due to the cohesiveness of the team. They work together as more than a cheerleading squad as a family unit. As with any family, having so many different personalities ranging from quiet, sassy, strong, sweet to the life of the kids' party, makes this team one to be reckoned with during performances. The head coach of this team leads by example. She's not only dedicated to her team, but also to her East Georgia Association, and the league. The team's dedication extends and is reflected in the parents' support. The coaches and team wanted to say, “Thank you for the support of their parents, Jeremy McCoy, Marvin Cole, and Nick Dunn.” Nothing like the heart of a Panther!
Unity is strength! The Wesley Chapel Coyotes Junior Varsity Show Cheer Team experienced their first time in Pop Warner, and they are loving it. Coach Cristen thinks the focus on scholastics and education is one of the great aspects of the program. This awesome group of young ladies has learned that wonderful things can happen through teamwork and collaboration. They made it to Nationals and the team is extremely excited about attending. The family environment this team provides allowed the quite more reserved members to break out of their shells which made the team bond even closer. The head coach is familiar with consistency in coaching being a basketball player learning and studying the art of cheerleading to teach the girls. To take the team support to the next level, the coaching staff consists of three sets of husband and wife duos with one set not having any kids in the program, which means they have a team full of kids. Despite any and all challenges the coaching staff and parents have mapped out a path to continue serving the kids of the Wesley Chapel Coyotes!
Coaching with heart! Coach Pamela of the Ocoee Bulldogs Varsity Level 1 Sideline Cheer Team has been coaching in some form for fifteen years and loves every minute of it. “Being a head coach for two years and making it to Nationals for the first time has been amazing”, said coach Pamela. This team consists of six girls that have cheered together since tiny-mites and have worked with new additions to the team seamlessly. The team has tremendous parental support, and one has supported his daughter since mitey-mite. He is now an assistant coach on the team and enjoys everything about it. “I am the fun coach, but I still make sure we get the job done”, said coach Brian. The team likes having coach Brian because he makes them laugh when things get intense.
Hard work pays off! Is the moto for the Weston Warrior
Varsity Level 2 Large Show Cheer Team. Coach Kim Black couldn’t be prouder of the team. There are 33 girls on the team, and they work together as a unit to support each other through practice, local competition, Regionals and now Nationals. “I have a number of young leaders on the team that assist with keeping things in order”, said coach Kim. With the support of the parents for this number of girls you can never go wrong. When kids want to return to a program year after year because of the positive experience, skies the limit for the association and staff. Teach them and they will come. Great work Warriors!
Large and in charger! This is the first time at Nationals for the Parkland Rangers
Pee Wee Level 2 Large Show Cheer Team with a large team and they are super proud of all the girls. Coach Kerry has two assistance coaches to work with this fun-loving team. They are excited with the choice to move up with a large team. “With 26 girls each with their own personality but can still work together which got us here”, said coach Kerry. With all the hard work preparing for competition the girls all said they love school as well, so they made sure grades were still priority. Scholar athletes! Go Rangers.
Being talented can help win competitions, but a team working together wins championships! That is what the Dougherty County Xtreme Panthers
Varsity Theme Dance Team came to do at Pop Warner Nationals. Coach Jordan and coach Anaya are always working towards being great leaders and inspire the team. “The girls are like family and are very protective of each other”, said coach Jordan. This year has been a learning experience for the entire team, but it has worked out perfectly. The coaches and the girls have grown together this season and with the support of the parents made it to Nationals. Awesome job Panthers.
EASTERN REGION TUESDAY HIGHLIGHT TEAMS
The Harrington Jr Spartan
JV team have really enjoyed their time in Florida. They have had the chance to spend quite a bit of time at Universal, especially enjoying the Harry Potter 3D ride & The Hulk.
But they came to Florida with a purpose & went to work to achieve it. They have a habit of making Tik Toks before competition. And just before they take the competition floor, they take hands to form a circle and perform a spirit cheer.
Best of luck to you Harrington!
In this day and age of flying, it was no surprise to the Northeast Bulldogs
that their flight was delayed and got them into Orlando too late for their scheduled practice time. Ever resilient, the team rolled with the changes & took advantage of a little pool time instead. When they got to practice mat, they made good use of the mat time. They are excited to be finally getting to the parks!
The Saratoga Springs
Tiny Mites were beyond excited to be here at Nationals! They have busy watching the older girls competing
yesterday and “swimming at night” in the pool at the hotel.
When they got to warms ups, they were ready to go! They enjoy performing their routine & are always ready to do it again. They love when they tumble together & enjoy synchronizing their skills. Toms River Angels
has a long & storied tradition attending Pop Warner Nationals. For some of this team that will age out this year, it was their 10th year coming & competing. This creates a few team traditions. They have a talisman that a team mom gave them years ago that must be kissed & then offered up to God to kiss by each girl.
They also perform their “head to belly” ritual. One girl lays on her back on the floor, the next lays down on her back with her head on the first girl’s belly. The next girl lays on the floor with her head on the second girl’s belly. Once the whole team is laying down & connected, they close their eyes & Coach starts with music. This helps them get into the routine & grounds them before nerves can build up. Seems to work for them-