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Mulkey Inks 18 Athletes for 2011-12
Release Date: 12/02/2010
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EUGENE – Oregon head acrobatics and tumbling coach Felecia Mulkey announced the largest signing class in the program’s brief history on Wednesday.

Eighteen newcomers will head to Eugene for the 2011-12 season, beating the 11 signees following the Ducks’ inaugural 2009-10 season.

Karissa Chapman (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS), Brandy Duren (Springfield, Ore./Thurston HS), Nicole Erlichman (Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago HS), April Fabrizio (Boulder, Colo./Monarch HS), Brooke Gansemer (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Tesoro HS), Jessica Hirshberg (Holladay, Utah/Olympus HS), Lindsay Hunt (Huntington Beach, Calif./Marina HS), Zoey Johsz (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS), Sloan Leiker (Thornton, Colo./Mountain Range HS), Miranda Merkison (Loganville, Ga./Faith Academy), Sarah Moreno (Albany, Ore./West Albany HS), Kaliann Noll (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Mater Dei HS), Lindsey Sceviour (Loganville, Ga./Grayson HS), Erika Schaefer (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS), Darienne Schoonmaker (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS), Brianna Teitzel (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West HS) and Aspen Toledo (Henderson, Colo/Prairie View HS) will all don the Green and Yellow next season.

Biographical info on all 18 newcomers is listed below.

Karissa Chapman
5-2, Flyer
Anaheim Hills, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS

High School:
Earned four varsity letters in competitive cheer … voted team MVP in 2010 … led team to a national title in 2010 … group stunt squad finished runner-up at nationals in 2009 … voted most outstanding cheerleader by her teammates in 2008 and 2009 … serving as team captain during her senior year … competed for OC All-Stars and Stealth All-Stars … former gymnast and ice skater.

Born Aug. 14, 1993 in Orange County, Calif. … parents are Craig and Linda Chapman … has two older sisters: Kristy and Nikki and one younger brother: Connor.

Mulkey on Chapman:
“Although Kisa is a flyer by trade, her standing and tumbling skills will prove to be an asset to the team.”

Brandy Duren
5-2, Flyer
Springfield, Ore./Thurston HS

High School:
Led stunt group to a state title in 2008 and 2010 … won an individual state title in 2009, finished runner-up in 2010 and placed third in 2008 … also part of the partner stunt state title squad in 2008 and 2009 … lettered four times in competitive cheer … voted best flyer by her teammates three times and tabbed team MVP in 2009 … competes for Oregon’s Dream Team club squad.

Personal: Full name is Brandy Ann Duren … born Aug. 25, 1993 in Springfield, Ore. … parents are Hank and Tricia Duren … has one younger brother: Devon.

Mulkey on Duren: “Brandy won the Oregon Individual Competitive Cheer Championship her freshman, sophomore and junior years and finished a close second to one of her future teammates at UO as a senior. She is a multi-dimensional athlete with outstanding flyer and tumbling skills.”

Nicole Erlichman
5-3, Base
Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago HS

High School:
Lettered twice in competitive cheer … voted best tumbler and best motions by her varsity teammates in 2008-09 and 09-10 seasons … serving as team captain … competes for POWER All-Stars club team … spent eight years competing as a gymnast … also played soccer and softball.

Full name is Nicole Ashley Erlichman … born June 15, 1993 in Clovis, Calif. … parents are Mark and Nancy Erlichman … has one younger brother, Ryan.

Mulkey on Erlichman: “Nicole’s background in artistic gymnastics has translated well into acrobatics and tumbling. She can execute any skill thrown at her and her form is second to none.”

April Fabrizio
5-3, Base
Boulder, Colo./Monarch HS

High School:
Competed for Cheer Central Suns club team … led team to four consecutive appearances at Cheerleader Worlds … former gymnast who competed with DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics.

Full name is April Maile Fabrizio … born May 31, 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii … parents are Lisa Fabrizio and Andrew Fabrizio … has two younger sisters: Allie and Aspen.

Mulkey on Fabrizio: “April has the potential to compete in many events. She has strong tumbling ability with a desire to learn more and she is also a solid base.”

Brooke Gansemer
5-5, Base
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Tesoro HS

High School:
Competed for the Magic All-Stars and Pacific Coast Magic club teams …named team MVP of her high school competitive cheer team as a sophomore … former gymnast who competed for Cal Elite for six years … competed in track and field for one season.

Personal: Born June 4, 1993 in Laguna Hills, Calif. … parents are Fred Gansemer and Justime Gansemer … has two siblings: older sister Kim and younger brother Tristan.

Mulkey on Gansemer:
“Brooke can compete as a base or a back. She is a powerful tumbler and has an amazing work ethic that will fit in well with our program.”

Jessica Hirshberg
5-6, Base
Holladay, Utah/Olympus HS

High School:
Competes for Yes/Mac’s All-Star club team … qualified for Cheerleading Worlds on five occasions … recognized as one of the “Top 21 Athletes Under 21” in American Cheerleaders 2010 All-Star Insider … member of the dance team.

Personal: Born July 1, 1993 in Sandy, Utah … parents are Janet and Mack Hirshberg … has two brothers: one older (Julian) and one younger (Jackson).

Mulkey on Hirshberg: “Jessica is a versatile tumbler with a large arsenal of skills. Her strength will make her an asset as a back in the acrobatic aspect of the sport.”

Lindsay Hunt
5-6, Base
Huntington Beach, Calif./Marina HS

High School:
Competes for Pace All-Stars club team … former gymnast who spent four years with the Scats Gymnastic Academy … played soccer for two years in high school who played three years for the NHBFC Soccer Club… competed in basketball and softball prior to high school.

Personal: Full name is Lindsay Margaret Hunt … born Aug. 31, 1993 in Irvine, Calif. … parents are Karan and Gary Hunt … has one older sister: Danielle.

Mulkey on Hunt: “Lindsay is a fierce competitor. She is both willing and able to compete as either a base or back. She is also a powerful tumbler with excellent technique.”

Zoey Johsz
5-1, Flyer
Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS

High School:
Led team to three national titles (2008-10) … lettered three times in competitive cheer … serving as team captain in her senior season … competes for Cheer Force club team … spent six years in ballet with Bailey’s Dance Studio and Cliffton Dance Project … spent four years with Pace All-Stars Dance and five with Pace All-Stars Cheer … spent two years with SSJ Cheer and three with Stealth All-Stars … spent three years with Hip Hop Dance … lettered four times in cheerleading.

Personal: Full name is Zoey Theresa Johsz … born Nov. 15, 1992 in Newport Beach, Calif. … parents are George and Tricia Johsz … has one younger brother, Zachary.

Mulkey on Johsz: “Zoey is a great tumbler and a versatile athlete with the ability to compete at both flyer and base.”

Sloan Leiker
5-1, Flyer
Thornton, Colo./Mountain Range HS

High School:
Competes for Cheer Central Suns club team … former gymnast, soccer player and track competitor … spent freshman year on high school cheer team.

Born March 4, 1993 in Westminster, Colo. … parents are Tracy Leiker and Stacy Melancon.

Mulkey on Leiker:
“Sloan is a talented flyer with excellent tumbling ability. She has the potential to excel in both the individual and group tumbling heats.”

Tara Lubert
5-4, Base
Yorba Linda, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS

High School:
Won level 8 and 9 regional championships in the floor exercise in gymnastics … won the level10 sportsmanship award … competed for Wildfire Gymnastics club.

Personal: Full name is Tara Nicole Lubert … born April 8, 1993 in Chicago, Ill. … parents are Gina and Ron Lubert … has one older brother (Ryne).

Mulkey on Lubert:
“Tara is a former competitive gymnast. The acrobatic tosses and techniques are new to her, but her physical strength has allowed her to learn quickly. Tara has the potential to excel in all areas.”

Miranda Merkison
4-9, Flyer
Loganville, Ga./Faith Academy

High School:
Earned two letters in competitive cheer … earned All-America honors in 2008 … cheered for Team USA in London in 2007 … former gymnast and dancer … also played soccer and basketball.

Personal: Full name is Miranda Lea Merkison … born April 20, 1993 in Decatur, Ga. … parents are Anthony Merkison and Darlene Merkison … has three siblings: one older brother (Adam), one younger brother (Aaron) and one younger sister (Addyson).

Mulkey on Merkison: “Miranda could have gone anywhere in the country as a flyer, but we are excited that she decided to be a Duck. Flying is her strength, but she is also a powerful tumbler.”

Sarah Moreno
5-0, Flyer
Albany, Ore./West Albany HS

High School:
Led high school team to two state titles … won an individual state title and a stunt group state title in 2010 … serving as team captain as a senior … member of the first team from Oregon to compete at Cheerleading Worlds in 2007 … led team to three more Cheerleading Worlds appearances from 2008-10 … finished runner-up as an individual at the 2006 American National Championships … won an individual and stunt group title at the 2004 Power Athletics Nationals … competes for West Coast Extreme Dream Team on the club scene … former level 9 gymnast who competed from 2001-08 … won a Level 7 sectional title on uneven bars in 2004 … won a level 6 section title in the all-around in 2003 … played soccer for four years and was in ballet for six years … member of the National Honor Society … entered the fall semester with a 3.68 grade-point average.

Full name is Sarah Rose Moreno … born April 17, 1992 in Portland, Ore. … parents are Elaine and Moy Moreno … older brother, Joel, is a senior on the Oregon State club water polo team.

Mulkey on Moreno: “Sarah was recently crowned the individual competitive cheer champion in the state of Oregon. She is an all-around athlete that could contribute right away.”

Kaliann Noll
5-1, Flyer
Anaheim Hills, Calif./Mater Dei HS

High School:
Part of four USA High School national titles …also led team to two USA All-Star national titles … serving as captain of competitive cheer team as a senior … competed for Cheerforce All-Stars, Stealth All-Stars and California Quakes All-Stars club teams … former gymnast who competed for South Coast Gymnastics and Gym Max … former dancer at Jimmie Defore Dance Center.

Personal: Full name is Kaliann Marie Noll … born March 9, 1993 in Santa Ana, Calif. … parents are Debbie and Ken Noll … has six siblings: three older sisters (Danamarie Guzman, Aimee Noll and Julie Noll), one older brother (Gary Guzman), one younger brother (Kenneth Noll) and one younger sister (Deanna Noll).

Mulkey on Noll: “Kaliann is a talented tumbler and flyer, but her attitude was the first thing to impress us. If she wants to acquire a new skill, there is no stopping her.”

Lindsey Sceviour
5-8, Back Spot
Loganville, Ga./Grayson HS

High School:
Earned three letters in competitive cheerleading … helped team to three-straight regional titles … squad finished third in the state her in 2007 and runner-up in both 2008 and 2009 … earned All-America honors as a sophomore … competes for Force Elite All-Stars club team, which she has helped to a 2007 Cheersport title and a 2008 World Championships appearance … also competed in gymnastics and soccer.

Personal: Full name is Lindsey Catherine Sceviour … born Oct. 21, 1992 in Loganville, Ga. … parents are David Sceviour and Donna Sceviour … has three siblings: one older brother (Doug), one older sister (Amy) and one younger brother (Daniel).

Mulkey on Sceviour: “Lindsay has good tumbling ability with the potential to learn more very quickly. Her height will make her a valuable back. She also has the strength to serve as a single base.”

Erika Schaefer
5-3, Flyer
Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS

High School:
Competed for the Academy of Olympic Gymnastics club … club cheer teams were OC All-Stars and CheerForce All-Stars … won the floor exercise and all-around at level 6 Southern California Sectionals in 2006 in gymnastics … competed at level 8 regionals in gymnastics … led competitive cheer team to a first-place finish at the Duel at the Desert Spirit Sports Cheer Competition in 2007 … earned the Coach’s Award (MVP) in 2009 … led team to first-place finish at Jamz Cheerleading Competition and received a bid for the Cheerleading Worlds in 2010 … lettered three times in sideline cheer … serving as a captain during her senior year.

Full name is Erika Alisa Schaefer … born Aug. 25, 1992 in Mission Viejo, Calif. … parents are Joe and Debi Schaefer … has one older sister (Ashley).

Mulkey on Schaefer: “Erika’s form and flexibility set her apart from most flyers. She comes from a disciplined club team that will enable her to make a seamless transition into a structured college program.”

Darienne Schoonmaker
5-3, Base
Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS

High School:
Voted best all-around competitor by her teammates in 2009 and 2010 … also voted “best in cheer” by her peers in 2010 … claimed the Best Foot Forward “Pillar of Strength Character” in 2009 … competed for HB Extreme, Pace All-Stars and Stealth & CheerForce club teams.

Personal: Full name is Darienne Katherine Schoonmaker … born Dec. 21, 1992 in Garden Grove, Calif. … parents are Dan and Debbie Schoonmaker … has two older brothers: Rory and Quintin.

Mulkey on Schoonmaker: “Darienne’s work ethic stands out above all else. She has only been involved with this sport for a few years, but has been able to pick up skills with the correct form and technique like an athlete training from a young age. We are excited to see what Darienne will be able to accomplish as a Duck.”

Brianna Teitzel
5-6, Back Spot
Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West HS

High School:
Led club team to World Championships title in 2008 … won club team’s physical fitness award in 2010 … four-time winner of the Evergreen Conference Academic Achievement Award … competes for South Elite All-Stars club team … cracked the top three of her school’s weight training records in the power clean … played soccer for three years and softball for two years … also took ballet for two years.

Personal: Full name is Brianna Catherine Teitzel … born Sept. 11, 1992 in Olympia, Wash. … parents are Bill and Jennifer Teitzel … has one older brother, Blake.

Mulkey on Teitzel: “Brianna is a strong back with powerful tumbling skills. Her potential to pick up new skills is impressive and will allow her to excel in all areas.”

Aspen Toledo
5-4, Base
Henderson, Colo./Prairie View HS

High School:
Earned academic all-state honors along with the first-year varsity award in 2009 … lettered twice in competitive cheer … named Most Valuable Cheerleader of her club team in 2008 … competed for Cheer Central Suns club team.

Full name is Aspen Destiny Toledo … born April 8, 1993 in Westminster, Colo. … mother is Sharon Toledo … has two siblings: one older brother (Frank Jr.) and one older sister (Shantyl).

Mulkey on Toledo:
“Aspen is a phenomenal tumbler as well as a strong base. She is independent and very mature for a high school senior. She will transition into our program well and become a leader right away.”
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