While the Oak Hills High School cheerleaders spend all fall and winter cheering for football, basketball and putting on rallies for the student body, the Bulldogs have to step up at competition time.
Over the last five years, squad members have competed in the State Cheerleading Championship at Knott's Berry Farm. This year, the Oak Hills Cheerleaders stepped it up and competed at the West Coast Championship at Magic Mountain on Feb. 28. There were teams from California and several other states that all came together and each performed their own 2 1/2 minute competition routine combining cheering, stunting, dancing and gymnastics.
Oak Hills spends five months creating their routine and then experimenting with stunts, then practicing and perfecting them, spending 3 1/2 hours a day practicing throughout January and February. After months of preparation, each team has one chance to perform in front of the judges and the huge Magic Mountain crowd. The goal is to perform a routine that is flawless in its execution, nailing every stunt and dance move with all team members moving as one throughout the routine.
The choreography and stunts must be exciting, challenging and visual to impress the judges. Oak Hills High School Varsity has six guys which makes them a co-ed squad and places them in a tougher division. Each guy has a girl partner who they work with all year. The Bulldogs do many collegiate style partner stunts in the competition routine which sets them apart from most high school squads.
The Oak Hills JV competes at the same competition with Varsity.
With an amazing routine, JV took first place in their division. The Oak Hills Varsity Cheerleaders also nailed their routine at Magic Mountain and won their tough co-ed division. They received the highest score of any varsity team all day, and with the combination of JV first place and Varsity's two first places, Oak Hills High school won the title of West Coast Grand Champions for 2016.