GALT — Maggie Cabral has been living the dream for almost a decade.
But the Liberty Ranch High senior has big dreams after she graduates from Galt’s second high school this spring. But on Thursday, Cabral and the Liberty Ranch High cheerleading squads have a dream of a stronger encore performance at the Golden 1 Center.
The school’s varsity and junior varsity squads will perform a routine at halftime of the Sacramento Kings’ home game against the Detroit Pistons. According to Cabral and Cari Brown, one of Liberty Ranch High cheer advisors, the groups will dance to the routine they have titled Homecoming 2018.
“It’s a combination of stunts, jumps, tumbling, dancing and motion,” Cabral said. “Everything has a count behind it; every part in the dance. We’ve spent many hours perfecting it.”
Brown added, “We do our homecoming routine as it incorporates both junior varsity and varsity squads and has a higher skill level.”
The squads performed at halftime of the Nov. 17, 2017 NBA game between the Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers.
“The girls did great last year,” Brown said. “Due to their fantastic performance, we were invited back.”
Brown, who shares advisor duties with Barbara Welch, said that 23 of the 25 members of the varsity and seven of the 20 JV cheer squads will be on the Golden 1 Center’s main court for their performance. Brown noted her and Welch were notified about the repeat performance last September.
Returning for their repeat performance are Cabral, along with captains Kyleigh deLeon, Giselle Juarez and Lindsey Martinez. The rest of the varsity squad is Abby Rios, Arlett Gamez, Cassidy Brown, Ciara Rainwater, Destinee Reyes, Emmary Buys, Griselda Navarro, Haley Giblin, Jennay Davis, Jocelyn Medlock, Keylee Carpenter, Madison Perez, Megan Vanderlans, Melanie Hancock, Nancy Gonzalez, Priscilla Becerra, Sabri Janovich, Sarahi Arellano, Tiffany Machado, Trevor MacDonald and Veronica Palomares.
Members of the Hawks’ JV squad are co-captains Jasmine Truong Him and Hayden Reich. The rest of the team is Alexandra Gamez, Alicia Winn, Danielle Quitter, Destaine Saunders, Giselle Carrillo, Grace Siegalkoff, Itzel Zavala, Jaelyn Farris, Kyla Pearson, Kylie Mutulo, Kylie Valencia, Leyla Perez, Maddie Freitas, Madison Tanous, Makaila Lozada, Marissa Gonzales, Moe Gunter and Sarah Johnson.
Brown said that two squads have been putting in extra time to working on their halftime performance.
“The (squads) have been working very hard amidst multiple changes to the original routine,” Brown said. “We have held several three-plus hour practices along with our regular cheer practice for basketball season where each team still performs their own individual routine for home game halftime.”
Cabral admits that the nerves of performing in front of more than 10,000 people at the Golden 1 Center should be less than last season’s performance.
“Very nerve-racking,” said Cabral of last year’s performance. “I think having done it last year gives us a little foot in the door this year without the nerves.”
The squads have been working hard since the start of the boys basketball season, Brown stated. She’s impressed with their hard-working and positive attitudes.
“These (cheerleaders) amaze me everyday,” Brown said. “I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to work with a group as hard-working, dedicated and skilled as this team.”
Cabral, who is a Kings fan, said each cheerleader and the advisors have been given complementary tickets for Thursday’s game.
Six years ago, Cabral started cheerleading thanks to her older sister, Makenna, who is a 2018 Liberty Ranch High graduate.
“She kind of convinced me to do that,” said Maggie. “I had always gone to the football games, and had been super interested in it.”
Although cheerleading has been a part of her life, Maggie Cabral has no plans to try out for the Sacramento Kings Dance team, which hold auditions in the late spring to early summer months prior to the start of the following NBA season. After she graduates from Liberty Ranch, Cabral plans to attend Federico Beauty Institute in Sacramento to become an esthetician, who specializes in beautification of the skin.
“This is my last go-around,” Cabral said.
On Dec. 21, 2018, the Lodi High cheerleading squads also performed a halftime routine of the Kings-Memphis Grizzlies’ game.
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