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Airline bankruptcy grounds cheer team

April 9, 2008 |  5:02 pm

Av_press_airline_bankruptcy_kills_c The 24 members of the AV Eclipse All-Stars spent months washing cars and selling candy and cheesecake to pay for an upcoming trip to a cheerleading competition in Hawaii. One of the girl's parents even worked a part-time job to raise cash.  But the private cheer team and their parents are apparently out the $6,000 they paid for their May plane trip after the airline, ATA, filed for bankuptcy and shut down last week, reports the Antelope Valley Press.

It will be difficult for the group to raise several thousand dollars to buy new tickets for the cheerleaders and their chaperones, said Coach Tabatha Pritchett.  "We can't wash that many cars by May 22."

--Jesus Sanchez

Photo: AV Eclipse / Antelope Valley Press