Cheer & Song
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Our primary mission is to serve as ambassadors for Jesus Christ and for Crean Lutheran High School. Dedicated to upholding Christian values, team spirit, and servant leadership, the Spiritleaders interact with the crowd, the school and the community to generate Christ-like enthusiasm and encouragement. Our team participates in competitions for God’s glory. We are dedicated to raising up strong, empowered leaders with the heart of Christ, in order to develop a community of passionate and mature disciples who will transform the world by love, leadership, and service.
Our spirit program brings school spirit to our sporting events, pep rallies and other school events; entertaining and exciting the audiences.
mrs. aileen bailey- HEAD cheer coach
Mrs. Bailey has been a part of Crean Lutheran's culture for the past five years with this being her 2nd year as the Head Varsity Cheer Coach. In her first season Crean became the most decorated program at the USA Spirit Camp winning multiple team and individual awards. The program was able to bring spirit to every home football, boys basketball, and girls basketball game. This year already, the Cheer squad was awarded 3rd place at one of the largest most competitive USA camps in the region. Coach Bailey is most proud though of the spiritual development she has seen in her squad of Saints.
Coach Bailey is going into her 19th year of marriage with her husband James, and has 4 sons: Kingston (3rd grade), Krawford (6th grade), Kaiden (freshman), and Kenneth (senior) who both play for the basketball team here at Crean Lutheran. She brings a rich history of ministry and cheer to the school. Mrs. Bailey was a freshman captain and three year varsity cheerleader for Garden Grove High School. In 2004 she was inducted into her high school's Hall of Fame. Her team received a coveted Spirit award from UCLA during her junior year. Following high school she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) where she studied visual communications.
For 14 years Mrs. Bailey was a stay at home mom to her boys, pouring her time and energy into caring for them while volunteering at the local schools. She is responsible for starting the first Irvine Elementary School cheer squad which birthed a trend of schools providing youth cheer as a seasonal after school program. In 2017, Mrs. Bailey traveled to Germany for ministry where she helped run a German youth cheer camp and choreographed a halftime cheer performance for a German professional basketball game. In addition to her work at home, Mrs. Bailey has been a dedicated Bible study leader, support leader, and speaker for Virtue Women's Ministry at her local church, Harvest Christian Fellowship Orange County, for the past 13 years. Mrs. Bailey is so happy and excited to be part of the Crean Lutheran family. Her heart for God and the people she has been able to serve is going to ensure our cheer squad's best success.
amaya quintero- assistant varsity and jv sideline cheer coach and assistant traditional competitive cheer coach
This is my second year coaching here at Crean Lutheran High School for the varsity and JV cheer team. I am also on the stunt team at my university where I compete on a national level. I am also a collegiate national champion 2021 and a national runner up 2022 in my sport. I love that I get to further my education, compete on the college level while also getting to work with the amazing coaching staff here and with our amazing spirit family. I am really looking forward to watching our program grow and to see all the accomplishments our girls do in and out of school.
Tanya Neal - Assistant JV CHEER COACH
Coach Neal is thrilled to be a part of the Crean Lutheran Family and looking forward to serving her second year on the Saints Spirit Team as head JV cheer coach. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in Social Sciences, then went on to complete the Teacher Credential program at California State University, Long Beach. She is a former elementary school teacher, having taught K-3rd grade for the Garden Grove School District. Coach Neal grew up in Diamond Bar, CA, and was involved in many programs throughout her years in high school including Dance, Colorguard, and the Varsity Song/Cheer team.
Coach Neal has been married to her husband, Dustin, for 16 years and for the last 11 years she has been a stay-at-home mom to their three beautiful kids; Blakelyn 12, Paige 8, and Cameron 5. Being at home with her kids has been a blessing and has also allowed her the opportunity to serve in many volunteer positions throughout the community. She has had the pleasure of serving a women’s leadership team at her home church, Mariners, on her local school's PTA board and at her community swim team league. Through these volunteer roles, she has made great friendships and community for her family here in Irvine. Her hope is to encourage and inspire the spirit leaders to use all their gifts and talents for God's glory.
ms. Aubrey Walsh - head song Coach
ms. Megan Morphis - Saints Spirit advisor
Megan is excited to serve as the Saints Spirit Advisor and feels blessed to be a part of the Saints Spirit program at Crean Lutheran High School. She has been dancing for over 25 years, training in various styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and pointe. Megan was a member of the Troy High School dance team and was a captain during her senior year. Throughout high school, Megan won numerous awards as both a soloist and team member including Miss Dance/Drill Team International 1st Runner Up. She continued her education and earned her B.A. in Dance at California State University, Long Beach where she studied modern, ballet, pointe, hip hop, and choreography.
Megan served in the dance ministry at Rock Harbor Church for over six years where she was blessed to choreograph and dance at many Christmas and Easter services. She was a company member of Andy Vaca’s Jazzworks-Long Beach and has been a guest choreographer at Concordia University, Irvine, and for other local charity events. Megan has been a dance teacher for over twelve years and has been on staff at Crean Lutheran High School for over six years. She currently teaches Dance 1, Honors Dance 2, Honors Dance 3, and Honors Dance Ensemble and is the advisor for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She hopes to use the gifts that God has given her to bless the spirit leaders, coaches, and the Spirit Program!
Mrs. tonya nicholas - saints spirit coordinator
This will be Mrs. Nicholas’ sixth year on the Crean Lutheran staff as Spirit Coordinator and feels blessed to be a part of the Spirit Program. She has a daughter who is a Crean Lutheran High School cheer alumni that graduated in 2018. Throughout those 4 years, Mrs. Nicholas was involved in the many events that are put on each year including spirit camp, senior night, end of the year banquet, and fundraising. She enjoys attending all of the sporting events with her family and loves watching her youngest daughter who is a sophomore at Crean, cheer on the sideline! Mrs. Nicholas enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, gardening, and volunteering through the National Charity League with her daughters. She and her family have attended Saddleback Church for over 20 years. Mrs. Nicholas truly feels blessed to be a part of the Crean Lutheran family where she can serve the spirit families to the best of her ability!
Song/Pom is a fusion of dance technique combined with cheer motions and spirit. Our song leaders are cheering and dancing on the sidelines for football and basketball season, as well as various school events. We perform during quarter breaks, timeouts, and halftime. Tryouts for our song competition team will be held later in the fall.
1st Place at Virtual Regional #2
1st Place at Virtual Regional #3
1st Place at West Coast Championships
1st Place at Tustin Regional
4th at USA Nationals ( out of 18 teams)
2nd place at NDA Regionals
1st place at USA Regionals
Dec 16th- UDA Regional- Received 2nd place and a bid to Nationals at the Hard Rock Live in Florida
Jan 20th- USA Regional- Received 1st place and a bid to Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center in California
Jan 27th- UDA Westcoast Championships- 4th place
Feb 23rd- USA Spirit Nationals - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! JV Song/Pom Intermediate
Mar 3rd- NDA Nationals Orlando, FL - Tied for 13th out of 27! Small Varsity Pom
A Special congratulations to Anna Ellwein and Tivoli Treloar for making All American All Stars at USA camp this summer! Also our Varsity team brought home a superior plaque and JV a spirit award!
JV Song attended USA regionals and qualified for nationals! This was their very first competition and we are so proud them. Go support on March 18th at the Anaheim Convention Center!
This summer our song teams attended the UDA (Universal Dance Association) at University of San Diego. Our girls got superior ratings on all evaluations. We brought home a 2 spirit awards for both JV and Varsity Song. Our Varsity Song team had a special evaluation and received the Team Full Out Award for their excellent performance. We are so excited to represent our Saints!
A special congratulations to Alyssa Needham and Ashley Zhang for making All American All Stars 2014!! They have the opportunity to attend London and perform in the new year's day parade 2015!
Song USA Regionals 2018
Sideline Cheer Team
The Saints Cheer Program is a discipline of cheer that involves athletes in a scholastic setting who cheer in support of other sports, most often football and basketball. The sideline cheerleaders' primary role is supporting the other athletic programs through leading the crowd at games and pep rallies as well as promoting school spirit overall. The cheerleaders may also participate in competitions, performing a 2 1/2 minute routine composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, dance, and cheer segments.