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RHS at the 2015 State Spirit

By Marty Mayfield 

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton High cheer and dance teams traveled down the road to Albuquerque to compete in the State Spirit competition Friday and Saturday.

This year both teams competed in a different class which meant new competition and the second year back in the Pit. The cheer squad competed in Class AAA while the dance team was clumped in with class A through 4A. For dance this means seeing some old nemesis like St Mikes, Hope Christian and Silver City.  Raton and Tularosa were the only teams in class AAA so NMAA clumped the four classes together for the competition.

Cheer will compete in class AAA against teams like Pecos and Clayton, who will likely be Raton’s biggest competition. 

 After Friday’s competition KRTN spoke with both coaches, despite a bobble during the cheer competition coach Linda Ortiz was pleased with the girls performance and was looking forward to Saturday’s competition. Dance coach Sue Holland felt her team did well despite some injuries. 

Saturday’s performanes were different for each team as they had different criteria to meet. According to cheer coach Linda Ortiz the girls had done their routine flawlessly in practice but once on the floor of the Pit the girls had difficulty hitting their lifts. Ortiz told KRTN that their scores suffered Saturday due to the problems but they were less than one point behind Tucumcari for third.  

On the other hand Raton Tiger Cats dance saw their performance improve over Friday’s score and a change in how the awards were handed out. Dance went into the competitom knowing they had to compete with the 4A schools. When the awards ceremony started Tularosa the only other team in 3A to compete was awarded the 1st place trophy for class A-3A while St. Mikes took 1st place in 4A And trophies were awarded to 2nd place Hope Christain and 3rd place Sandia Prep. 

The girls will take a month or so off and begin preparing for next school year with their first performances to come in September when Raton football takes to the field for their home opened September 4th against La Junta.

 Final ResultsFrom the State Spirit Competition:   Spirit_Results_2015.pdf

 

RHS Cheer prepare to take the court during the State Spirit competition Friday morning

RHS Cheer prepare to take the court during the State Spirit competition Friday morning

 

Brianna Marquez shows the sign as Kailie Village Center prepares her tumble.

Brianna Marquez shows the sign as Kailie Village Center prepares her tumble.

 

The Tiger Cats dance team prepare to take the court Friday afternoon in the Pit

The Tiger Cats dance team prepare to take the court Friday afternoon in the Pit

 

Tiger Cats dance team take on the court Friday afternoon in the Pit during the State Spirit competition

Tiger Cats dance team take on the court Friday afternoon in the Pit during the State Spirit competition

 

RHS cheer start their routine Saturday morning in the pit at the state spirit competition

RHS cheer start their routine Saturday morning in the pit at the state spirit competition

 

Nayelli Acosta atop Alyssa Aragon shows the Tiger sign Saturday morning in the Pit

Nayelli Acosta atop Alyssa Aragon shows the Tiger sign Saturday morning in the Pit

 

Brianna Marquez tops the Tiger stack

Brianna Marquez tops the Tiger stack

 

Led by senior Cheyanne Duran(third from left) who performed her last cheer routine of her RHS career Saturday is Brianna Marquez, Mia Maestas and Rachael Mestas

Led by senior Cheyanne Duran(third from left) who performed her last cheer routine of her RHS career Saturday is Brianna Marquez, Mia Maestas and Rachael Mestas

 

Kailie Village Center atop the stack during the Saturday performance at the pit

Kailie Village Center atop the stack during the Saturday performance at the pit

 

The team performs a jump maneuver, one of the requirements in the competition

The team performs a jump maneuver, one of the requirements in the competition

 

Up she goes as they ladies put Kailie Village Center in the air with Brianna Marquez holding on.

Up she goes as they ladies put Kailie Village Center in the air with Brianna Marquez holding on.

 

The Tiger Cats Dance team begins their performance Saturday morning

The Tiger Cats Dance team begins their performance Saturday morning

 

Senior Sabrina Valdez performs during the state spirit competition in the Pit Saturday

Senior Sabrina Valdez performs during the state spirit competition in the Pit Saturday

 

Senior Heather Segura performs in the Pit Saturday during the state spirit competition

Senior Heather Segura performs in the Pit Saturday during the state spirit competition

 

RHS Tiger Cats dance on the court in the Pit

RHS Tiger Cats dance on the court in the Pit

 

Led by seniors Heather Segura and Sabrina Valdez is the Tiger Cats dance team performing in the Pit during the 2015 State Spirit competitom

Led by seniors Heather Segura and Sabrina Valdez is the Tiger Cats dance team performing in the Pit during the 2015 State Spirit competitom

 

The Tiger Cats end their performance to the applause and cheers of the Raton fans in attendance Saturday

The Tiger Cats end their performance to the applause and cheers of the Raton fans in attendance Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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