The Socorro Chiefs placed 3rd in the first tournament of the year

The 2022-23 Socorro cheerleaders include (back row from left) Selina Murillo (manager), Rhiannon Ross (coach), Karen Navrotsky, Serina Garcia, Mya Gonzales, Najiah Lucero, Vanessa Gutierrez, Hannah Gaudern, Madelyn Romero. (Front row left to right) Elyse Rosas, Serenity Montoya, Emely Ruiz, Genesis Whitt. Not pictured: Jazmine Alvarado (manager). Courtesy photo

Inexperience didn’t dampen the spirit of Socorro High School’s love affair as the hometown girls put on a strong performance and placed third in the Spirit of Hope competition at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque last weekend.

“This was our first competition of the season, and with over half of our team members new to the fun of the competition, it was certainly nerve wracking,” said cheerful Socorro coach Rhiannon Ross. “These athletes have so much dedication and heart. I am so very proud of my girls. They had all worked very hard to prepare for competition while still supporting football and basketball.”

The Spirit of Hope featured more than 150 performances from 50 schools and cheer clubs from across the province.

Socorro came in third place in the “Small Group – Game Day” division.

This competition is the first of four cheerleading competitions, with Socorro going to the St. Pius Cheer Showcase on March 4.

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