Cheer Team

  SPX Cheerleading
cheer 2016-2017

The St. Pius X cheerleading program is pleased to have a group of dedicated girls who are working hard to prepare for the 2017-2018 year.  These girls are a highly 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.  

Through coaching changes and adversity, the girls have shown dedication, not only to the school, the team but also to themselves to obtained top three in the past two competitions. 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 new cheer program 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. 

What we are looking for in new cheerleaders – The SPX cheer program is looking for new cheerleaders to come out to tryouts (May 10-12 Clinic, and May 13 Tryouts).  We are looking for young athletes who are dedicated and willing to learn new things.  Tumbling is important to the cheer program, but is not a requirement.  Tumbling can be taught.  The girls will be learning a cheer, a dance and will work on jumps and basic tumbling during tryouts.  We are excited to get new faces into the program and ready to bring new cheerleaders up to speed. 

You become strong by defying defeat and turning loss to gain and failure to success. - Napoleon

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.  

This summer the cheerleaders will be conducting a youth summer camp for ages 5-13.  There will be two sessions of camp, the first session will focus on tumbling and the second session will focus on stunting.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.  Sign up for one or both sessions.   To register for the youth cheer camp see or contact Coach Marlene at 

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

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