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The Artesia High School cheerleaders came just 2.11 points away from a blue trophy March 24-25 at the 2017 State Spirit Competition in Albuquerque. Competing in a field of 14 Class 5A teams, the AHS squad was edged out by Valencia but earned the runner-up spot by 6.49 points over Goddard. Artesia bested Valencia on Day Two of the competition, 73.14 to 72.62, but their Day One total of 88.30 was shy of the Jaguars’ 90.93. “It is always hard for a team when the coaching staff changes, but these girls were determined to do the best they could this year,” said first-year coach Alysia Tutak. “They were successful and came together as a team. They won the title of District Champions in February and ended the season with second place at state. I am beyond proud of these girls and all they’ve accomplished.”