Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo 

SAN ANGELO –When the Angelo State University coed cheer squad won its’ first, ever championship last month, Head Cheer Coach, Kaylee Marie Feece, said a lot of “blood sweat, tears” injuries and a plethora of practices took place to earn the title of USA Spirit Nationals and the USA Collegiate Championships and the trophy that goes with it. ASU by the narrowest of margins beat out Idaho State University to win.

For Feece, who was in her first year at ASU, this was not her first “rodeo”, meaning a novice or rookie.  

Kaylee came to ASU from Ancilla College with three years’ experience at the Junior College level. Her bio stated that she led the Chargers to a 2015-16 National Championship; and a 2016-17 3rd place team finish at Cheer Ltd College Nationals. 

Photo courtesy of ASU

With that valuable coaching experience and a championship title on her resume, Feece knew what it was going to take for this 12-member group, comprised of seven females and five males to win a championship for large coed show cheer.

“This is a huge accomplishment for this team, they worked so hard.” “They had 106 practices leading up to this,” said Feece. Kaylee said the team wanted to win the championship so bad, that it came back from their Christmas break a week early to have three-a-day practices.

The 2018 ASU/ USA Collegiate Champion cheerleader squad (members are in no order) are as follows: Destiny Davis, Delaney Dominguez, Aleya Garcia, Megan Espinosa, Katelan House, Madisen Kent, Derrick Vela, Aaron Richter, Quint Stone , Cade Pence, John Sanchez and Anissa Vasquez.

For the two-day competition that took place February 24-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Coach Feece outlined what was required to compete for the 2018 title.

“The routine consists of two-minutes, 45 seconds, of which two 2:15 involves all music; they have to perform stunt, tumble, pyramid baskets and a dance.” “Then 30 seconds of it is strictly a cheer, using signs, pom-poms, and a megaphone, something that you see would on the sidelines like at a football game” said Kaylee.

Conexión interviewed two members from that champion squad: freshman, Anissa Vasquez and Cade Pence, a sophomore.

“For me, personally it felt amazing to win it as I’ve never gone to a competition, so that was great.” “Just to know that my team and I have accomplished something that hasn’t been done at ASU felt good,” said Vasquez, who is majoring in nursing.

“Knowing that all the hard work and pushing everyone on the team to do their best; plus helping people learn how to do cheers, knowing that it all came together was amazing,” said Pence, a biology major.  “As a team we pushed each other 110 percent and came together as a family to do our best and we won” 

Feece was asked how special was it to win it again, this time with ASU. “To come out and win the first year out, it was pretty phenomenal.” 

As for next year, nine are expected to return for the 2018-2019 season; tryouts get underway in April.

Below is the direct link to the video on the ASU cheerleaders' championship performance.


Also, the ASU mascots placed third in USA Collegiate competition against Eastern Utah State University, Menio University, and Boise State University; Brittany Silvers was Roscoe while Shea Hale was Bella.

Photo courtesy of ASU

To view the mascots’ performance, click the link below.


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