Cardinal Newman’s Pro Bowlers

Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Julius Peppers are not guaranteed spots in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl this season. But the Cardinal Newman cheerleaders are.

OK, first of all, we get it that the young women are from Ursuline — they are officially known as the Cardinal Newman cheer squad.

By any name, the nine-girl group got high marks at a recent Camp USA competition in Santa Cruz. With some 450 kids competing, they were judged to be the among the five most talented and appealing squads, earning the privilege of performing at halftime of the Pro Bowl, in Honolulu on Jan. 30, 2011.

It will be a command performance for the Newman cheerleaders. This is their fourth trip to the Pro Bowl. They have to raise money for the trip, but Cardinal Newman athletic director is confident they’ll do it through means such as coffee sales at Newman football games.

“We have a very supportive family here,” Cooper said.

— Phil Barber, The Press Democrat