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By Joseph Serna | June 29, 2012
Estancia High School cheerleaders on Thursday attended a political fundraiser for a Costa Mesa City Council candidate - the second time this a month. But this time they didn't sport their uniforms. The group - seven of the squad's 30 or so cheerleaders - acted as greeters at Councilman Steve Mensinger's campaign kick-off at South Coast Collection, but did not don their Estancia gear, cheer Coach Yumi Wantanabe-Patterson said. On June 14, seven uniformed Estancia cheerleaders greeted guests to Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy's campaign launch for City Council at The Triangle.
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SPORTS
May 23, 2012
Is cheer a sport? That is a widely debated question throughout the United States. While critics may argue that the current format of cheerleading is more of an activity than a sport, there is a new sport on the horizon and cheer plays a main role in it. To help with the current NCAA Title IX, USA Cheer has developed a new sport to fit the Title IX requirements and it is called STUNT. Across the nation, colleges and universities have begun competing in games in this new format.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 8, 2011
IRVINE - A green tent and a table lined with dozens of cupcakes was set up alongside the skinny sapling planted in memory of 14-year-old cheerleader Ashton Sweet, who died after a car crash on Memorial Day weekend. Friday would have been Sweet's 15th birthday, and friends and family gathered at Irvine Boulevard and Culver Drive to honor the memory of the Northwood High School freshman who prosecutors assert was killed by a suspected drunk driver. "We feel so connected to this spot.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 6, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - A 14-year-old cheerleader clung to life with the faintest pulse after a man accused of drunk driving plowed into the car she was riding in over Memorial Day weekend, a witness testified Thursday in the Harbor Justice Center. A passerby checked on an unconscious Ashton Sweet after the crash but felt no pulse, said Irvine police Officer Tim McDonald. Sweet's body was limp in the woman's arms. McDonald assisted and laid Sweet onto the curb. He said he felt a faint pulse and shallow breathing before paramedics arrived and attended to her. Days later, Sweet died in a hospital after her family chose to take her off life support and donate her organs.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 1, 2011
A tree was planted this week to memorialize a 14-year-old cheerleader killed in a Memorial Day weekend car crash, the girl's stepfather said. The sapling was planted on a corner at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard in Irvine, where Ashton Sweet died following a May 29 crash that also sent four others to the hospital. Thursday marked the four-month anniversary of Sweet's death, and her stepfather, David Pidcock, said the family visited the intersection and placed candles for his stepdaughter to commemorate the day. Pidcock said the city was helpful in reaching out to the family to find a tree befitting the permanent memorial.
NEWS
By Mike Brumbaugh | September 17, 2011
Admirable, commendable and praiseworthy are a few words I use to describe the Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders and their coach. Along with keeping up good grades and their personal lives, these young ladies always find time for community involvement. Coach Kori Johnson is the driving force behind this noteworthy squad. I asked her to explain the type of standards the cheerleaders are held to: "All the girls are held to high standards and are expected to maintain and achieve high academics (3.0 or higher)
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR - Although the wall of the gym reads "Home of the Sea Kings," Thursday afternoon belonged to 152 Little Sea Queens, whose parents packed the bleachers to watch their young cheerleaders perform at the final day of cheer camp at Corona del Mar High School. The wood floor boomed with the stomping of small feet at the second-annual event as parents lined the gym, documenting the performance with cameras. "She's my little girl," Kevin Sharp said of his 8-year-old daughter Sydney.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
A memorial at the site of where a drunk driver allegedly killed a 14-year-old Irvine cheerleader may be moved at the request of some residents, the victim's family said. Ashton Sweet was killed May 29 in a car crash at Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard when a driver hit the Mercedes-Benz that she and three other friends were riding in after they left a birthday party. Soon after the crash, the corner's utility box and traffic signal were covered with farewell messages, while flowers and candles covered the sidewalk.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 20, 2011
COSTA MESA - On a sunny Saturday with temperatures in the low 70s, a nice breeze rustled through Jim Scott Stadium at just after noon. Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan wasn't kidding when he told the crowd, "What a wonderful day for football, huh?" A few seconds later, Monahan said something else that made the crowd applaud even louder. He announced that the 2011 Costa Mesa Pop Warner season was officially open. Everything appeared to be in place on opening day. There were more than 200 Mesa Eagles on eight teams, from Flag all the way up to Midget, ready to get their season going with scrimmages Saturday afternoon.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | June 4, 2011
SANTA ANA — Speaking from behind a glass partition in Orange County Jail, the Irvine man accused of killing a 14-year-old Irvine cheerleader while driving drunk expressed sadness and concern Friday for the families affected by the May 29 collision. Austin Jeffrey Farley did not admit or deny responsibility for the teenager's death, saying that he is not the "careless maniac" being portrayed in the media. "As a human being, as a person, I feel terrible for their family," he said.
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