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YOUTH SPORTS: Jr. Miners cheerleaders win Jamz national title

The Nevada Union Jr. Miners Midget cheerleaders placed third at the 2016 JAMZ Nationals Cheer competition last weekend in Las Vegas. The team is comprised of Tayiah Sanzone, Cadence Barton, Kylee Jianinno, Madison Wilson-McKinney, Sadie Thompson, Mia Webster, Rebecca Leffew and Leah Porterfield. They were coached by Heather Johanson, Shannon Barton and Alyssa Cowen.
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The Nevada Union Jr. Miners Jr. Pee Wee and Midget cheerleaders traveled to Las Vegas for the 2016 JAMZ Nationals Cheer competition last weekend.

The Jr. Miners’ two cheer squads have been working hard in their off season to fine tune their routines and fundraise in order to attend this event. And, all that hard work paid off.

The NUJM Jr. Pee Wee squad took home a first-place national title trophy in their division. The team of nine girls, ages 8-10, went out and dominated the stage scoring first place out of the 14 teams in their division.



The Jr. Pee Wee team is comprised of Ava Valenti, Amanda Herr, Allison Perry, Amy Sandoval, Chloe Johnson, Kiera Calhoon, Madison Jianinno, Rylee Liller, and Weslie Petty. They were coached by Sarah Hooper, Camille Calhoon, Jena Huber and Calli Huber.

Heading into the competition, the team had their hearts set on first place and settled for nothing less.




The Midget squad was a combo team that came together after the regular season ended. In just two short months this team of eight girls, ages 11-13, were able to pull together a brand new routine that scored them an amazing third place trophy out of 10 teams in their division.

The Midget team is comprised of Tayiah Sanzone, Cadence Barton, Kylee Jianinno, Madison Wilson-McKinney, Sadie Thompson, Mia Webster, Rebecca Leffew and Leah Porterfield.

They were coached by Heather Johanson, Shannon Barton and Alyssa Cowen.

The JAMZ National Competition is a three-day event that draws cheer teams from all over the West Coast.

Both teams had amazing coaching staffs, including Nevada Union High School cheer instructors who helped create the routines and worked with the girls to ensure their success at this competition. Both teams worked for two months to fundraise to make this trip possible and with the generous support of many local businesses and community members they were able to make this trip a reality. The Nevada Union Jr. Miner Cheer Squads would like to thank the City of Grass Valley Fire Dept., The Grass Valley Police Dept., Tri Counties Bank, Mike Bratton State Farm, Hansen Brothers, Rotary of Grass Valley, Penn Valley Lions, Lincoln & Long, D Swartz Diesel, The Cop Shop, Gary & Shannon McClaughery, & The Fagan Family, Step It Up Dance Studio, Gold Country Gymnastics, Penny’s Diner, Paulettes Country Kitchen and the many people who donated to the teams through their various bakes sales.

For more information on the teams and information about joining the NUJM program, visit their Facebook page at Nevada Union Jr. Miners Youth Football & Cheer or at http://www.nujuniorminers.org.

Registration for the 2016 season is now open.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at sports@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232.


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