Being the reigning champion has a unique set of challenges. The Taos Lady Tigers traveled to the state championship this weekend (March 29-30) at The Pit "Fixed on …
Being the reigning champion has a unique set of challenges. The Taos Lady Tigers traveled to the state championship this weekend (March 29-30) at The Pit "Fixed on VI" after taking home the trophy and title five times.
After Friday's Game Day performance, Taos trailed Valencia by .54 points - 93.77 to 93.23 and led Artesia by .26 points. Effectively tied, Taos had a chance on Saturday to pull ahead with their Cheer with Music routine.
It was not to be.
When the awards ceremony came around, the Taos girls held hands, hoping to hear their name announced last as the winner of the blue trophy. This year that joy belonged to Valencia. The Taos Lady Tigers won second.
"I'm very proud of them," said head coach Lisa Abeyta. "They did their best."
One of the most difficult aspects of stunt-based sports is that everyone falls sometimes. It's part of all things that are challenging enough to be worth doing.
Taos's Cheer with Music performance was energetic and entertaining. Somewhat early on, the team had a fall. They recovered quickly and still managed an 88.04 for the day and a 181.27 for the meet.
It wasn't enough to beat Valencia, whose 92.18 on Saturday gave them 185.95 total points, enough for first place with a margin of 4.68 points. Artesia kept close behind Taos, finishing third with 180.49 points.
The Taos fans formed a wall of orange and black behind the judges table and did an excellent job supporting their athletes, as they will doubtless do again next year when the girls return to try to take back the title.
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