The Nogales High School cheerleading team is set to compete at the 2019 USA Spirit Nationals in California after winning a pair of state titles.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Apaches varsity cheer team won the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) state championship in the Large Coed division during a competition in Goodyear. The team’s overall score was 255.8 out of 300 total points.

The judges praised the NHS cheerleaders with comments such as “rock-solid stunts,” “great tumbling,” “very visual,” “great voice projection” and “loved the choreography.”

It was Nogales’ 18th state cheer title during the 35-year tenure of Coach Carolyn Hernandez, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Anthony Urbina choreographed the winning routine and Javier Lara took charge of the dance and special effects. Daniela Chavez, a Class of 2018 alumna cheerleader, put together the music.

Also at the AIA competition, the partner stunt team of senior Camille Hecht and juniors Isaiah Valle and Maya Robles (Jr.) placed second.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 16, the team competed at the 33rd Annual Arizona Cheer Championship and won a second state title in the Large Coed Division, this time scoring 286.5 out of 300. Meanwhile, the NHS junior varsity team placed fourth in the Show Cheer division.   

Hecht won the Solo Cheer division for the fourth consecutive year with a score of 280 out of 300 points. Cielo Arochi placed third in the same division.

In the partner stunt team competitions, sophomore Oscar Huerta, junior Dominique Zuniga and senior Arochi won the state title with a score of 284 out of 300 points. The team of Hecht, Valle and Robles were the second state runners-up.

The NHS stunt and cheer teams are now set to compete at the nationals in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23.

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