Local cheerleading team completes perfect season with PacWest National title
As the judges distributed superior awards for participation and moved on to the top three places in the Prep Junior Level 1 division in Portland on March 9, Legacy Cheerleading coach Wendy Going thought she must be mistaken.
"I couldn't hear the sound very well because I was standing close to the stage and the sound was going over my head," Going recalled. "When they were giving out the superior awards (participation), I was thinking, 'This can't be our division.' As a bunch of small town kids, we were there for fun basically."
When the Wolfpack, a group from one of the biggest gyms in Portland and the favorite in the division, was awarded the runner up trophy, Going finally realized that her Del Norte squad, from Lost Coast Gym in Klamath, had captured a PacWest National Championship.
"It was a pretty spectacular way to end the season," Going said.
In addition to the team championship, Katrina Ashment won a national championship in the Senior Level 3 Solo competition. Jojo Gregorio won the Senior Level 5 Stunt Duo national championship with her partner Jeremy Siever of Medford.
The Legacy team, which started in 2012, is made up of kids ages 7 to 14. Going said roughly 90 percent of the team had never cheered before joining Lost Coast Gym at the beginning of the season in June.
The team began working on its routines in September and has been winning competitions since January. With the PacWest national championship in hand, Legacy finishes its season with a perfect record, winning all four competitions that it entered. Legacy competed in Medford, Springfield and Portland twice.
"To be fair, two of those competitions were very small competitions and they actually didn't have anybody else in their division," Going explained. "The other two competitions were very large competitions. They competed against giant gyms from Portland with very well known teams, and we beat them too.So they clearly were entitled to their undefeated season."
The PAC West Nationals competition was especially exciting for Going, who started the Lost Coast Gym. Going plans to sell the gym on April 1 as she moves away from Del Norte with her family.
Brookings-Harbor High School cheer coach Jennifer Willis will be taking over Lost Coast Gym.
"It is sad that I am leaving the gym, but I am leaving it in amazing hands," Going said.
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