Wednesday, April 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Vanden cheerleaders get to go to NFL’s Pro Bowl

23 cheerleader 01

Brittany Jones, far left, cheers on the Vikings during a girls basketball game against Vallejo at Vanden High School in Fairfield, Tuesday. Vanden cheerleaders are going to perform at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Sunday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | January 23, 2014 | Leave Comment

FAIRFIELD — From Sacramento to Honolulu.

That’s the journey the Vanden High School cheer team is set to complete as it makes its way to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl, which will be televised at 4 p.m. Sunday on Channel 3.

The Vikings were named the top squad last summer at their Universal Cheer Association camp at Sacramento State. The remainder of 2013 was a flurry of choices and fundraising.

“We had to first win the best overall at our UCA camp at Sacramento State, then we practiced all summer and after that we got to choose between the Macy’s (Thanksgiving Day) Parade, the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl and the Pro Bowl,” said senior captain Chandra Marshall, one of 11 girls who will make the trip to Hawaii this week.

That’s a pretty heady list of events from which the team got to choose, but Marshall said it was an easy decision.

“We did a team vote and of course it’s in Hawaii, so everyone thought about Hawaii first,” she said.

Each girl had to raise close to $2,000 to pay for the trip, which starts Thursday.

“We did cookie dough sales, we did car washes, we sold the apparel – Vanden apparel, cheer apparel – all sorts of stuff to raise $2,000 each,” Marshall said.

The process was difficult and took no small amount of dedication.

“It takes a lot of hard work. A lot of dedication, time in practice, and just putting all this time into cheer and actually getting something like Hawaii out of it and cheering for such a big event, it’s awesome,” sophomore Brittany Jones said. “It’s a great experience.”

There was little doubt the Vikings would pull it off.

“Our team, we work really well together,” Jones said. “We knew.”

Still, it’s hard for a bunch of high school girls to fathom that they’ll be cheering for some of the best players in the NFL.

“It hasn’t gotten real until now. It probably still won’t be full, 100 percent in my head until I perform,” Jones said. “It’s crazy.”

Teammate Mikaela York, a junior, said she expects the nerves to come as the team gets ready to perform.

“When I get out there on the field, I’m definitely hoping that I’ll be able to keep up with everyone,” York said.

The reaction among the other students at Vanden has been supportive, the girls said.

“A lot of them are like, ‘Wow, you’re going to Hawaii, lucky!’ and I’m like, ‘But I’m going for business,’ ” York said. “It’s so great. I love it, being able to represent Vanden like that. It’s a great high school experience.”

Jones agreed.

“They’re supportive. Most of them are more excited about the fact that the school cheerleaders actually get to go somewhere – to Hawaii,” she said. “I don’t think they really understand the whole Pro Bowl aspect and how big of an honor it is to cheer there. They’re just really excited for us to go to Hawaii.”

Once there, though, it won’t be all fun in the sun.

“We haven’t learned anything yet. We’re going to learn it all when we get there,” said junior Renee Maquindang. “We have five-hour practices every single day.”

With three days to learn a new routine and then perform it in front of an NFL audience, the trip won’t be without pressure, but there will be time to enjoy being in Honolulu.

“We actually get a lot of free time, surprisingly. I looked at the schedule,” Maquindang said. “We get the first half of the day for free time and the last half for practice.”

The girls all have hopes for what to do with the free time.

Marshall said she’s looking forward to the warm water and the beach. York said she wants to do some sightseeing, shopping and hit the beach. Jones and Maquindang were a bit more specific.

“I really want to go swimming with sea turtles,” Jones said. “I just want to do that really bad.”

Maquindang said her goal is to swim and get lost in the Hawaiian culture – particularly the food.

It will be a special trip for all of the girls on the team.

“(My) senior year, I knew we were going to do a lot of exciting things, but I never thought the Pro Bowl would happen,” Marshall said. “It means that all these years of cheering – I have 14 years of cheering – coming up to this, it means a lot.”

For York, the whole experience has been special.

“It’s won as a team, so you have to go up as a team,” she said.

The impending trip is still hard to comprehend.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to do something like this when I went into cheer,” Maquindang said. “I expected just high school cheer, so being able to go to Hawaii to cheer for professional football players is just really amazing.”

The cheerleaders have something to aim for in the future now that they have earned the honor of cheering at the Pro Bowl.

“It’s going to be tough to try to get an experience like this, but I think we’ll be able to do it,” Jones said. “Our team, we work really well together. We’re just really close. I think we can do it.”

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or mcopros@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Delta barriers no longer needed

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

 
 
Supervisors voice concern on state Delta plans

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Dental clinic coming Friday, Saturday

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 4 Comments

 
Rotarians talk about running clinic to help Haitians

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District eyes new auditor

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

 
County honors Purple Heart recipients

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Solano recognizes 1,300-strong volunteer corps

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Highway 12 night work scheduled in Delta

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

 
Kids fishing derby in Fairfield is part of Earth Day

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A7

 
Garamendi to host open house at Fairfield office

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A7

 
County approves Icon agreements

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B9

 
Ceremony set to break ground for Suisun City Walmart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B9, 19 Comments | Gallery

Dutch Bros. opening with free drinks

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B9, 8 Comments

 
Golf tournament to raise funds for children

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Mustangs and More event moved back to October

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A10

 
Museum readies to host Sallie Fox Day in Vacaville

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Rotary club to host clay shooting derby

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A11

 
Ghost Walk returns to Suisun City

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A11

Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A11

 
NAMI talk on reducing mental health stigma

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11

 
.

US / World

In Internet TV case, justices show concern

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

GOP candidate releases education policy overview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Biden: Russia must ‘stop talking and start acting’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Most Sherpas decide to leave Everest for season

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Jet stowaway at hospital; security issues linger

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Ukraine orders new ‘anti-terror’ operation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
In Ukraine’s east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
‘Piles and piles’ of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

 
IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15, 4 Comments

.

Opinion

 
Editorial cartoons for April 23, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A13

 

Groundwater becomes next big California fight

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A13

 
Fairfield’s main problem is the mayor

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 6 Comments

.

Living

Community Calendar: April 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Solving and resolving life’s problems

By Barton Goldsmith | From Page: A2

Today in History for April 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
 
A healthy take on the very not healthy Scotch egg

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

How can I get my 12-year-old grandson to sleep in his own bed?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 23, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

 
DeGeneres making design series for HGTV

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Bieber seeks delay in Fla. DUI trial

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

5 Fairfield runners finish Boston Marathon

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Prep swimming update: Postseason looms on horizon

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
SCC softball ends regular season with 29 straight wins

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Seahawks acquire QB Terrelle Pryor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NFL playoff game to air on ESPN for 1st time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Djokovic: Wrist better, will try to play in Madrid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pujols’ 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Beverly Hanson, forgotten pioneer in women’s golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors announce new plans for SF arena

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

AP Source: N.Y. Giants’ Hill facing 3rd suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warriors’ Curry eager to erase Game 2 nightmare

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Spurs’ Popovich wins NBA Coach of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Raiders begin offseason workouts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

NBA Playoffs: Raptors even series with Nets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

.

Obituaries

Robert James Carty Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Richard P. Horn

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Dondi Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anne Irene Elizabeth Fulgoni

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Kyong Hee Maxwell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Norma O’Regan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard Of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7