Area high schools win at spirit competition

Joshua Kellogg
The Farmington High School Kelly Greens dance team earned second place at the New Mexico Activities Association State Spirit competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.

FARMINGTON — Farmington High School's dance team took second place and the Piedra Vista High School cheer team finished in third at this year’s state competitions.

The two Farmington teams were among several San Juan County squads that participated Friday and Saturday in the New Mexico Activities Association state competitions at The Pit on the University of New Mexico's campus in Albuquerque.

The Farmington High Kelly Greens earned second place, finishing behind Roswell High School, in the 5A dance competition for the third year in a row. The Piedra Vista Panteraz finished in fifth place and Aztec High School Tiger Dancers took 10th place.

The Kelly Greens had a great performance in Friday's pom portion and were able to carry that momentum into Saturday's hip-hop performance, according to coach Vickie Campbell.

"We just felt awesome going into Saturday," Campbell said.

The Roswell dance team has been a good squad to chase, Campbell said. She was happy the Kelly Greens improved on their points total from last year as they continue to pursue the first-place trophy. This year, the Kelly Greens earned a total of 176.3 points, while Roswell had 184.1.

"We are chasing them hard, and we bridged the gap in the scoring this year," Campbell said.

The Piedra Vista High School cheerleading team finished in third place at the New Mexico Activities Association State Spirit competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.

The Piedra Vista cheerleading team finished in third place in the 5A cheer competition, behind second-place Valencia High School from Los Lunas. Centennial High School in Las Cruces won first place. Aztec High School finished in seventh, and Farmington High cheer took 13th place.

The Piedra Vista cheer team was also excited to improve on its seventh-place finish at last year's state competition, head coach Arlie Hankins said. Last year, the team was penalized with a technical foul during its music routine after a cheerleader stepped on a pom-pom.

Hankins said her team's performance in its music routine on Saturday secured the third-place finish, after the judges gave the squad's "Game Day" routine on Friday a low score.

"I was really excited," Hankins said. "They hit every single stunt, and everything was solid."

The Bloomfield High School cheer team finished in fourth place in the 4A cheer competition.

In the A/4A co-ed cheer competition, Kirtland Central High School took fourth place, and Navajo Preparatory School finished in eighth place.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.