TJC Apache Cheer earns back-to-back national titles

Apr. 17—For the second year in a row, the Tyler Junior College Apache Cheer team has brought home a national championship.

TJC took first place in the Intermediate Large Coed Junior College Division in the National Cheerleaders Association's College Nationals competition last weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In addition to winning their division, TJC was also ranked the highest-scoring junior college team in the intermediate division and the second-highest junior college team in the entire competition.

"We spend the whole year preparing for a routine that lasts 2 minutes and 15 seconds," said Tammy Rose, TJC Cheer head coach. "We started this journey last summer at NCA college camp at SMU in Dallas, where we earned a bid to attend NCA College Nationals."

Rose said the team spent the last year refining their stunt sequences and tumbling skills in their quest for another gold at Daytona.

"We planned about five performances throughout the fall to get the athletes used to performing in front of large crowds," Rose said. "But once we got back from Christmas break, it was 'all gas and no brakes' until the day we left for Daytona.

"The athletes practiced daily, with extra night practices on Mondays; and they gave up their spring break to stay and have all-day practices."

This was in addition to cheering at TJC men's and women's basketball games and participating in off-campus appearances.

"There were four teams in our division at nationals," Rose said. "I knew we had the difficulty needed to win, but we just needed the execution of the routine to match! I am so proud of them and all their months of hard work. There were times everyone wanted to give up, but they never did. They kept going — all the way to first place!"

TJC Apache Cheer members and their hometowns are Devin Allison, Carthage; Quintin Barrantine, Mount Vernon; Kaylee Beavers, Diana; Bailey Bunn, Jacksonville; Jacoby Ehnot, Plano; Alexis Estrada, Ramona, California, Alexis Hart, Gladewater; Londyn Hughes, St. Anthony, Idaho; John Huss, Corona, California; Marti Lewis, Grand Saline; Jayla McCarty, Longview; Madeline McDaniel, Rusk; Ty'Dashia Jones McMiller, Tyler; Devin Moore, Houston; Charlton Muller, Diana; Amya Powell, Haltom City; Ethan Ramos, Mansfield; Ry'Yez Riggins, Palestine; Brianna Rodriguez, Dodd City; Lexie Stanley, Rusk; Ashlee Stegall, Grand Prairie; and Barbara Waller, McComb, Ohio.