Cheer squads

Members of the cheer squads from Fontana A.B. Miller and Summit gather for a group photo after performing together at halftime of the schools' football game on Aug. 23. (Contributed photo by Mike Myers)

Athletic teams from schools that are local rivals usually don't join together for a happy celebration.

But the cheer squads from Summit High School and Fontana A.B. Miller High School decided to put cooperation ahead of competition on Aug. 23.

At halftime of the Summit vs. Miller football game at the Rebels' stadium, the two cheer groups energized the crowd by combining their efforts for an elaborate performance.

The cheerleaders and their coaches from the two schools have been friends for years, and they had a chance to demonstrate that friendship as a way of kicking off the 2019-2020 season.

This is the third year that cheerleading has been officially recognized as a sport by the CIF. Last January, the first-ever CIF championships were held in Ontario, and Summit won the Division 2 title. Miller also took part in the CIF event.

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