For years, the two teams have gone head-to-head at the National Cheerleaders Association’s National Championships in Daytona, Fla., with Navarro College consistently coming out on top. But it wasn’t always that way.
The TVCC Cardinals are 11-time national champions and were once considered superior to Navarro, which is located only about 40 miles away. According to TVCC alum Craig Callaway, “Kids would go to Trinity Valley for tryouts. If they didn’t make Trinity Valley tryouts, they’d go to Navarro and make the team there.”
But Vontae’s approach to coaching has helped the Cardinals return to their former glory. To learn more about the team, scroll on!
Johnson says he recruits athletes based on “their character,” not their status: Vontae claims that he and Monica have different ideas of what makes a cheerleader good. While Monica recruits “showmen,” according to Vontae, he says chooses people that have good hearts and a winner’s mentality.
“Don’t come to the Valley because you want to be famous,” Vontae says in the first episode. “Come to the Valley because you want to be the best.”
Jada Wooten and Jeron Hazelwood are the team captains: As one of the best tumblers on the team, Jada has taken on a leadership position for the Cardinals, and she’s not one to let people phone it in. “I’ve always been a leader and I actually want to do better for my team instead of just myself or my coach,” Jada says. “I’m trying to be a role model and lead for them the best I can.”
And, according to Vontae, he’s trained Jada to the point where “she can be humbly cocky, so she can shine in her own way.”
As for Jeron, he’s as a stumbler, which is when a cheerleader can stunt and tumble. But that’s not what makes him uniquely suited to be a leader: Johnson says that he brings the “energy” to a performance: “He can make a team boost to another level with his personality.”
“When you have somebody like Jeron, who can just walk into a gym and by being himself allow other people to decompress a little bit,” assistant coach Kris adds, “you can’t put a price on that.”
Navarro lost out on the opportunity to bring Jeron onto the mat when they turned him down after an audition in 2016.
TVCC stole Navarro’s choreographer for the 2019 championships: While Vontae and Khris prefer to focus on the technical aspects of cheer, they decided to bring on All Star choreographer Brad Vaughan, who previously worked with Monica for 13 years, to increase their chances of winning first place.
Though it’s unclear why Brad and Monica parted ways, cheerleading organizer Bill Smith makes it crystal clear that it’ll be a big deal to see the former teammates up against each other: “Wow… You’ve got the coach and the protégé, who run the All Star world choreography-wise, going head-to-head.”
Pair that with their impressive cheerleaders, Jada, Jeron, DeVonte “Dee” Joseph and Angel Rice, and the Cardinals are starting to look like fierce competitors for Navarro.
To see who takes the gold at Daytona, watch the second season of Cheer, streaming now on Netflix.
ASAP Bari is finding himself in the media after a few comments he made to his Instagram are raising a few eyebrows from his supporters, being that the 30-year-old was spotted attending Paris Fashion Week alongside Pharell Williams and Kanye West, Gunna, and Julia Fox at the start of this week.
“Y’all females better watch out from These low key gay n*ggas…Y’all better stop going through n*gga texts and start looking at they pornhub Lol…F*cking girls and guys was never cool,” he wrote on his story.
“I love gay ppl by the way I hate low key gay n*ggas who deal with females but on the low date guys,” ASAP Bari continued. “Stay True to urself and others.”
While many supporters of the influencer seemed to agree with his words, others were upset about his homophobic comments, sparking outrage on social media.
Some social media users even brought up Bari’s sexual assault case from three years ago where he was accused of aggressively slapping a woman’s rear end and then demanding oral sex from her.
Since the tragedy that took place at the Astro World festival, Travis Scott has been in a bad spot in the public eye as many feel the rapper should be held accountable for the ten lives that were lost at his Houston festival.
Back in November, Travis Scott would hold a music festival with over 50,000 attendees. The pressure of so many people packed together in a tight space caused a drastic tragedy that would leave 10 attendees dead and hundreds injured. Following the festival, Scott offered to help pay for funeral costs for some of the victims of the tragedy but his offerings were turned down.
As the news of the tragedy got larger in the media, Scott began to go silent while many festivals began to remove the performer from their lineup including Coachella.
Travis Scott really wanted to perform for his fans at the upcoming Coachella festival this year, and even reportedly offered to perform for free before being denied all around.
It seems as though Travis Scott fans are trying to make their voices heard following a petition recently started for the rapper to perform at Coachella in 2023. The petition reportedly received over 70,000 signatures.
“After Coachella unfairly removed Travis Scott for Harry Styles, they need to do the right thing and rebook him immediately. Coachella switched Travis and Frank for Harry Styles and Billie Eilish? What kind of message does that send?” the petition reads.
It seems unlikely that Scott will be able to redeem himself anytime soon, however it’s surprising to see the rapper receive support from fans at this time.
Do you think Scott should be allowed to perform on big stages again? Share your thoughts with us on social media.
“You don’t know me,” Morrissey wrote. “You know nothing of my life, my intentions, my thoughts, my feelings. Yet you talk as if you were my personal psychiatrist with consistent and uninterrupted access to my instincts. We haven’t known each other for 35 years — which is many lifetimes ago. When we met you and I were not successful. We both helped each other become whatever it is we are today.
“Can you not just leave it that?” he continued. “Must you persistently, year after year, decade after decade, blame me for everything…from the 2007 Solomon Islands tsunami to the dribble on your grandma’s chin?”
Marr responded with a brief tweet. “An ‘open letter’ hasn’t really been a thing since 1953,” he wrote. “It’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had that one down. Also, this fake news business…a bit 2021 yeah ? #makingindiegreatagain.”
Had he elaborated, he would have probably explained that he never really wants to talk about Morrissey in interviews. It’s just that most everyone who interviews Marr brings up Morrissey at some point and asks him a direct question about the singer’s most recent scandalous public statement. Marr begrudgingly gives some sort of response, and it generates headlines. (We can tell you from personal experience, Marr would much rather speak about basically anything besides Morrissey when he’s being interviewed.)
“You found me inspirational enough to make music with me for six years,” Morrissey wrote midway through his missive. “If I was, as you claim, such an eyesore monster, where exactly did this leave you? Kidnapped? Mute? Chained? Abducted by cross-eyed extraterrestrials? It was YOU who played guitar on ‘Golden Lights’ — not me.”
That’s the only Smiths song that Morrissey calls out in his entire letter, and it’s a very odd one to highlight since it’s an obscure cover of a 1965 tune by English singer-songwriter Twinkle that originally appeared as a B side to “Ask.” Most hardcore Smiths fans consider it one of the worst tunes in their catalog. When Rolling Stone‘s Rob Sheffield ranked all 73 Smiths songs, he placed “Golden Lights” at number 67.
“For reasons nobody has ever explained, ‘Golden Lights’ got enshrined on the Louder Than Bombs compilation, so it’s earned its legend as a song fans love to hate,” he wrote, “although you have to give it bonus points for turning into such a hilarious disaster.”
Morrissey could have called out Marr’s work on “How Soon Is Now?,” “The Queen Is Dead,” “Panic,” “This Charming Man,” or any number of brilliant songs they wrote together. But he went with “Golden Lights.” Check it out above to see if Smiths fans are correct to hate on it so much.
Oh, and for those few remaining Smiths fans that still think a reunion is possible at some point, read Morrissey’s complete letter again. This is not a man about to let bygones be bygones and sign a $100 million deal with Live Nation for a worldwide reunion tour. He doesn’t even want Johnny Marr to utter his name aloud. Sharing the stage with him and their old buddies Mike and Andy is an impossible dream that is never, ever happening.