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Locals grab national twirl team title

Hard work pays off for Rocklin’s McVay
By: Staff Report
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ After seven years of hard work a Rocklin baton twirler realized one of her goals when she and four of her teammates captured the USTA Junior Small Dance Twirl Team National Championship, July 15. Local Jade McVay started twirling baton shortly after she reached the age to start school. Last year she placed second as an 11-year-old at the same competition. Then her coach got her onto the SyndiCops team with Sacramento’s Kiera Holloway, Brianne and Kaitlyn Turnbull of Fresno, and Adaline Bebo of Indiana, and the rest is history. McVay said Bebo was able to work with the team because her father is a pilot and was able to fly her out to California for team drills. It might have seemed a bit extreme to do that, but the combination of Indiana and California led to success. “She’s really awesome,” said McVay, “She’s really talented.” All five are talented as they worked together only a short time before entering the championships. McVay said the SyndiCops had to go through various levels of competition before reaching the finals. “I started (twirling) when I was 5 years old, in an after school program,” McVay said, who enters the eighth grade at Granite Oaks Middle School this year. “I’m going to continue,” she added. “It’s been a long journey and I want to continue with it.” The Syndication Baton Club is coached by Sandi Rios, Rocklin Parks and Recreation instructor Corey Kinyon-Cruz, and Southern California’s Monica Lee. “This is the first year these girls have been working together as a team and for them to win a national title in their first year is quite an accomplishment,” said Rios. E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com