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Story courtesy of ASU Communications and Marketing, contributor
SAN ANGELO – For the third straight year, the Angelo State University Cheer Team has brought home national titles from the United Spirit Association USA Collegiate Championships in Anaheim, Calif.
The championships were held Feb. 15-16 and featured teams from dozens of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. competing in a variety of divisions and categories, including Game Day, Show Cheer, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pom-Pom and Mascot.
"This season was a difficult one for our team, both physically and emotionally" said Coach Kaylee King. "Every year we say we overcame adversities but this year it really was true."
The ASU Cheer Team which won national championships in the Show Cheer division in 2018 and 2019, were led by Coach King to those titles.
With a national title on the line, again, Kaylee and her grad student assistant, Lauren Ortiz' [ Medina, Texas] 25-member team never gave an inch or thought to giving in to fatigue, letting each other down; nor to the competition.
"When it counted the most. "They came together[at the] right time" Kaylee said. It’s such an awesome feeling as a coach to watch what they have worked so hard for play out just how you hoped." "I am so proud of them and all they were able to accomplish" concluded three-time National Cheer Coach, and champ, King.
ASU Cheer Team members include:
• Camille Cardwell of Kerrville
• Hallee Carlson of San Angelo
• Jillian Courtade of Devine
• Alexis (Lexie) Crouch of Midland
• McKeeley DuBose of Paradise
• Erin Dyer of Brownwood
• Crimson Fuentes of Crane
• Keaghan Holt of Seguin
• Katelan House of San Angelo
• Madisen Kent of San Angelo
• Alexis Kinas of Tucson, Ariz.
• Kristofer (Kristof) Kramer of San Antonio
• Allena Land of Nolanville
• Idalis Olvedo of Kerrville
• Jose Ortiz-Lopez of Strawn
• Alexis Overstreet of Fort Hood
• Jasmine Perez of Princeton
• Brinleigh Ray of Littlefield
• Heather Reatherford of Breckenridge
• Brooke Roberts of Willow Park
• Makayla Simonton of Lubbock
• Taylor Sustaita of San Antonio
• Jackilyn Sykes of Sonora
• Michelle Underwood of Dripping Springs
• Mariella (Mari) Zapata of San Angelo
This year's 2020 ASU’s co-ed Cheer Team won two national championships and recorded one national runner-up finish in the Game Day events, including:
First Place – Band Chant Contest
First Place – Situational Sideline Contest
Second Place – Fight Song Contest
Alejandro Chavez of Colorado City also competed as ASU’s costumed mascot, Bella, and placed third in the Mascot Contest.
As an alumni of ASU, I and the rest of the Ram fan nation and family, congratulate Coach King and her "king/ queen-of-the-hill" 2020 national champ Cheer team!