Cheer Team

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The St. Pius X cheerleaders are working hard for competition season.  Already placing 3rd at the Cleveland Challenge, beating out 6A teams. The cheerleaders are a extremely talented group of athletes; the sport is concentrated with tumbling, stunting, jumps and crowd involvement.  The cheerleaders consist of students from grades 9 through 12.

The devotion and perseverance that the cheerleaders show, is a shining example, to the school and sets a foundation for newcomers to strive for.  The cheer program’s focus is on cheering for all SPX sports teams and to be a competitive team.  The girls will be cheering for all home games, assemblies, pep rallys; supporting the Black and Gold.

The Best is yet to come…

Coaching Staff –

Coach Marlene Barela has coached cheerleading for over 15 years, including schools in both Colorado and New Mexico.   She has coached High School (All girl and Co-Ed), Middle School, All Stars and was the 2015-16 Young American Cheerleading President.  She has taken her squads to competitions placing 1st and also taking the grand champion title.  Marlene has coached tumbling and works with all levels of tumblers.

Coach Wendy Lucas is new to coaching cheer, but has been involved in the cheer life for three years.  Coach Wendy is working on becoming a certified trainer, which she incorporates in her coaching.  She brings health and fitness to the program, focusing on a healthy lifestyle and helping the cheerleaders to become stronger so they can accomplish their goals.

Coach Joe Riley came from the All Star Cheerleading World and has been coaching for 3 years.  He last coached at Desert Ridge Middle School gaining the grand champion title for the Springfest in 2017.  Coach Joe focuses on stunting and choreography.

Winter Youth Camp – (Ages 5-13yrs) Friday, December 29th 8:00am-3:00pm $50.00 for the day, includes poms for each cheerleader.  Youth cheerleaders will be invited to cheer at halftime at a home Boys Basketball game on Saturday, January 6th.  The youth cheerleaders will learn a cheer with a stunt for performance.  The camp will cover tumbling, stunting, cheerleading chants and a dance.  To register for the youth cheer camp contact Coach Marlene at

Try Outs: If you are interested in joining cheerleading at St. Pius X, please contact Coach Marlene.  Try outs will be held in the Spring of 2018.  You can play sports and be on the Cheerleading squad 😊

Upcoming Competitions:

Cleveland Challenge – November 11 (Sue Cleveland HS)

Albuquerque Metro – December 9 (La Cueva HS)

APS Winter Spirit Invite – January 20 (Del Norte HS)

Spirit Xpress West – January 27 (Kiva Auditorium)

SPX HS Spirit Showcase (Elementary/Middle School) – February 24 (SPX Highschool)

SPX HS Spirit Showcase (High School) – March 3 (SPX Highschool)

NMAA State Competition – March 23 (Dreamstyle Arena)

NMAA State Competition – March 24 (Dreamstyle Arena)

You can also view the St. Pius X Cheerleading squad on Maxpreps

Varsity Head Coach: Marlene Barela
 Phone: (505) 307-1969

Varsity Assistant Coach: Wendy Lucas 
Phone: (505) 440-1920

Varsity Assitant Coach: Joe Riley

Phone: (505) 803-3070

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