Fryer: Orange County cheerleading squads are strong and have the CIF-SS titles to prove it

The favorite game became a CIF game starting in the 2017-18 school year.

Yes, it’s a game. Men in their 50s can compete well in basketball leagues while men and women in their 60s can be good golfers. But if those people try those high school sports to perform, those people will look for an urgent care nearby.

The CIF Southern Section held its junior varsity championships this past Saturday at ML King High in Riverside.

El Dorado won the Section 1AA championship. Other Orange County teams that won championships Saturday: Mater Dei (Division 1A), Villa Park (3A), Irvine (4AA), Marina (4A) and La Habra (Division 3A Coed).

Spartans Nailed It!!!CIF Championships!@latsondheimer @MAlvarez02 @ocvarsityguy

— Villa Park Athletics (@VPHSathletics) January 21, 2023

Teams earn points based on various factors including performance. technique and degree of difficulty, and the ability to lead and motivate a crowd. The higher categories (1AA, 1A) have fewer skill limitations than the lower categories.

Orange County cheerleaders have been successful in four consecutive CIF-SS cheer championships. Mater Dei and Marina won the titles for the second year in a row. In four years of championships, Cypress has two women’s championships and one title, and fourth place in Division 2 coed this season.

The exciting season continues at Saturday’s SoCal Regionals tournament. Some of the O.C. team will be at the national competition in Orlando, Fla., next month.

El Dorado seniors Sarah Sriruksa and Lauren Surh took special satisfaction from their championship. They were CIF-SS champions three years ago and this year’s seniors are freshmen.

Golden Hawks coach Rilee Bragg is impressed.

“It shows their commitment to the program,” Bragg said. “They love to lead with joy. They like to have that respect for themselves and they like to represent their school.

Sriruksa said the road to this year’s CIF championship was tough at times.

“We had a lot of mistakes,” he said. “There are so many patients, and sometimes we have to use other things. But we were able to use everyone in the program to face the difficulties, and then the victory was very important.

And for those who think the CIF’s popularity as a sport is undeserved…

“They look at happiness and say ‘it looks easy,'” Surh said. “Well, we’ve got to keep it simple, keep smiling and pretend we’re okay when you’re almost dead out there and you’re tired. If we fall, we can’t stop and freak out.”

“Before a competition I was doing some debates on my bed,” said Sriruksa, “and I fell on the floor and got sick. But I didn’t tell anyone or go to the doctor right away.”

And for Surh, “Before a competition last year I broke my leg in the warm-up room. But I didn’t let that stop me because I didn’t want to weaken my ‘ me.”

Yes, a happy game is a game. It’s also difficult.

Edison golf coach Brendan Patch and Santa Margarita swimming and diving coach Richard Blanc last week were named the 2021-22 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High Schools. Associations. Blanc’s brother Ron was a teacher with Richard at Santa Margarita for many years, so let’s thank Ron as well. …

The scores of the Capistrano Valley-Tesoro boys basketball games were: Capistrano Valley 62, Tesoro 60 in overtime on January 11; Tesoro 54, Capistrano Valley 52 on Wednesday. Tesoro is in first place in the South Coast League at 4-1, one game ahead of Capistrano Valley and San Juan Hills at 3-2 each. …

The Mater Dei boys basketball team is 3-4 and in fourth place in the Trinity League with league games remaining against Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and Servite. Mater Dei lost to Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita in the first round of the league. The top three teams in the six-team league are guaranteed CIF-SS playoff berths, so maybe Mater Dei, for the first time in Coach Gary McKnight’s 41 seasons at the school, should take the main road to enter the Division. 1 game. Last year, five major teams were added to the bracket. …

All boys and girls basketball league games are to be played on Thursday, Feb. 3. Brackets will be open for boys and girls basketball on Feb. 5. …

Thursday’s CIF-SS boys and girls wrestling doubleheader. The two-day tournament begins on Saturday and ends on Wednesday, Feb. for the girls, Marina is fourth in Division 1 and Laguna Hills is second in Division 2. …

The Orange County North-South All-Star Football Game is on Feb. 4. at Newport Harbor High. Kickoff at 7pm. Go to for tickets ($15 in advance, $20 game day at the door) and more information. …

One of the most notable football changes this season is All-County returning Kobe Boykin who left Orange to enroll in Los Alamitos. Boykin, a junior, is committed to Utah. …

In football coaching news: Poutea Fuega is the new head coach at Magnolia. He was previously the head coach at Balboa in San Francisco. Charlie TeGantvoort left Santa Ana to take over Marina’s teaching job; but Lance Neal leaves Loara to take the teaching job of Century. …

High school teachers change schools for a better opportunity or a new challenge. which is good. But coaches, don’t get mad when your high school athletes do the same thing.

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