Xavier's award-winning spirit line gears up for nationals

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- One group of Valley athletes is gearing up for a national competition. The Xavier Spirit Line just won the State Championships, and now members have their eyes on the next prize.

Xavier's Spirit Line won the 2015 Arizona Interscholastic Association's Division 1 state championship on January 24 for the second consecutive year.  The Xavier squad also qualified for the upcoming United Spirit Association Nationals competition in March, where its pom line will defend last year's national title.

All three Spirit Line coaches - Monica Gaspar, Stephanie Walsh and Megan Nolen - are Xavier alumnae.

Xavier's Athletic Trainer Laurie White also recently became the first woman to enter the Arizona Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame. White was inducted on January 25, becoming the first female trainer in the Valley to be honored in this way. She has nearly 30 years of experience, including eight years at Xavier as well as positions at several other local high schools. 

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we met the Xavier Squad, as they gear up upcoming United Spirit Association Nationals competition in March.

"It's amazing!" said one member, Roxy. "I can't even believe it!"

The top prizes don't come without a lot of hard work and practice. "We practice all summer," members tell us. "We have morning practice every day. We just work as hard as we can and do as best we can."

The coaches say academics are just as important as athletic skills. "As a team, we have a 3.7 average GPA," says coach Monica Gaspar. "That's a priority for them as well. It makes it tough to juggle it all. And they're the masters of juggling everything."