South Texas Extreme Cheer team makes history

HARLINGEN — History was made in Dallas on Saturday when the Malibu Minis cheer team from South Texas Extreme Cheerleading captured the NCA National Cheerleading Championship.

With the win, the group of 5- to 8-year-old girls became the first team from Cameron Country to win such a prestigious competition.

“We are very proud of the girls and all they accomplished,” said Scott Kimak, who owns South Texas Extreme Cheer along with his wife, Diana.

“This team of incredible girls has been destroying their competitors at all events across Texas this year and now they have won the biggest one in the world. No team in the history of Cameron County has ever won at this event.

They worked extremely hard all year long and deserve to be recognized for their determination and teamwork.”

The Malibu Minis actually competed against 1,000 other teams from across the country and scored a nearly perfect 95.81 in their final routine.

“This was the second year that we competed at the NCA Nationals,” Kimak said. “Last year we finished in eighth place, which is pretty amazing. But this year, we just felt that they had what it took to win it all. We were right!”

The 20 members of the team are: Amber Perez, Mia Trevino, Madelyn Trevino, Miranda Trevino, Mia Perez, Aubrey Rodriguez, Jolene Salazar, Carlie Rodriguez, Melanie Rios, Karina Salinas, Alaynah Farias, Aundrea Mora, Haylee Leal, Lanie Leal, Giselle Juarez, Railyn Garcia, Madison Manson, Victoria Garza, Lauren Lopez and Kassandra Larios.