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Something to cheer about

Eileen JoyceThe Nevada Union Junior Miners Mighty Mites.
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All of the hard worked since July paid off in a big way for the Nevada Union Junior Miner Cheerleaders.

For the first time in memory, the program will be sending two squads to a national competition.



The 2002 JAMZ National Cheerleading and Dance competition will be held Feb. 8-9 in Las Vegas. The cheerleading portion of the competition in which the Mighty Mites and the Junior Midgets shall compete will be held Feb. 8.




“We will be going down there with the same approach we had for the regional competition,” Mighty Mites assistant coach Laura Buck said. “We’re going for fun, and to see the things they can do there.”

The Mighty Mites, composed of girls aged 5-8, bumped up a level for the JAMZ 2001 Northern California Regional Competition held Dec. 1 at Sacramento City College. Rather than compete in the Mascot Division, they performed in the Youth 1A Showcheer competition for girls ages 9-10, where they placed third.

The girls two-minute routines to a mix of pop music were judged on such criteria as spirit, synchronization, coordination and creativity. Their overall score, rather than their placement in Sacramento, was what determined their advancement to Las Vegas. The news of qualifying came via mail one week later.

The Junior Midgets placed fourth on Dec. 1 in the Youth II Showcheer for cheerleaders ages 11-12. The Mighty Mites and Junior Pee Wees also competed at the regional competition.

“They all did really well,” Buck said. “They were excited to be there. I think the coaches were more nervous than they were.”

To prepare for February’s competition, the program is trying to raise funds to offset the cost of plane travel and lodging. Tonight, they will host a Burger Night at Charlie’s Angles Cafe, which will include a raffle for prizes. On Jan. 24, the program will host a Pizza Fun Night at Round Table Pizza.


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