Cheering for the Cheerleaders: Northwest Premier Junior Soccer Cheer Competition

The gymnasium inside Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines echoed with the sounds of family, friends and fans trying to cheer each other on during the Northwest Premier Junior Football (NWPJF) Cheer Competition. Six teams, including their minis (the youngest teams), competed for trophies and the pride of being the best cheer squad in the league: CD Panthers, Benson Bruins, Renton Rangers, 5 Star, Jr. Huskies and HEIR Academy.

The contest began with a moment of silence to honor CD Panther coach and beloved father, husband and friend D’Vonne Pickett Jr., whose life was tragically cut short last month. D’Vonne’s wife Keanna Pickett joined Franklin High School Cheer Coach Shay Cooper and CD Panther President Chalayia Jackson on the gym floor during the memorial service.

The competition was fierce with Renton and HEIR making history by being the first two teams to come out on top in the annual competition. All six teams performed and were judged on their stunts, timing, originality and togetherness. In addition to the six cheer squads, the crowd was entertained by the Franklin High School cheerleaders and a dance performance by Kutt’N’Up, whose members include several former cheerleaders.

The crowd participated by making a lot of noise in support of their team. In that category, judging by the audience’s enthusiasm, everyone won.

Susan Fried is a 40-year veteran photographer. Her early career included weddings, portraits and commercial work—plus, she’s been The Skanner News’ Seattle photographer for 25 years. Her photos have appeared in the University of Washington’s The Daily, The Seattle Globalist, Crosscut and many more. She has been an Emerald contributor since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @fried.susan.

📸 Featured Photo: HEIR Academy cheerleaders hold up the trophy they shared with the Renton Rangers. Both teams tied for first place in the Northwest Premier Junior Football (NWPJF) Cheer Competition on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines. (Photo: Susan Fried)

What is the Youth Premier League?

The Under-18 Premier League replaced the Premier Academy League at the start of the 2012/13 season with the aim of improving youth development and helping transition players between the academy and the first team. To see also : Will Jerry Jones have an epiphany in the wake of the cheerleading scandal? Or, will he let boys be boys?. The 25-team league is divided into north and south groups with 13 teams in the north and 12 in the south.

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