Coal Ridge co-ed cheer wins state championship
The Coal Ridge Titans’ co-ed cheer team won the 3A Cheer Spirit state championship Saturday in Denver, while the All-Girls team placed second in the all-girls category.
The Titans’ co-ed team scored 78.05 points, topping Strasburg with 71.12 points.
Bayfield (68.5) and Alamosa (52.22) placed third and fourth in the state championship spirit competition in Denver
“This was a very strong team this year,” said Alyssa Thurmon, Coal Ridge’s head coach. “We focused a lot of weight lifting and gaining strength to be able to hit the coed stunts we needed. This team is very close and has amazing chemistry and relationships, which makes it even more special. I could not be more proud of them and all of their hard work.”
Team members include: Lacey Peterson, Annikya Wight, Nicole Elliott, Nathan Tomasello, Brayden Kammers, Tori Byers, Tana Couey, Madison Balizan, Hartleigh Porter, Christian Vasquez, Cipriana Dacuma, Paige Stecklein, Haven Prodzinski, Kalicia MacGregor, Andrea Jurado, Pilar Pagni, Kyla Boyd.
Along with the co-ed team, the All Girls Coal Ridge cheer team placed second in the state, scoring 68.02 points.
“The All Girls team has blown our minds this season,” said Shelby Sexton, the All-Girls team head coach. “Only four of the 19 girls on the team have any cheer experience. For a brand new team to make it to finals is amazing, and to take home a state runner-up trophy is incredible. The girls deserve their trophy as they have worked endlessly, and through many trials, to make it to the spot they’re at.”
Team members include: Olivia Oldham, Litzy Rivera, Litzy Martinez, Sydney Stanley, Rhaya Carmichael, Cara Groves, Phoebe Young, Brynlee Elswick, Odalys Quezada, Denisse Ortega, Savannah Madrid, Aurie Madrid, Natalie Smythe, Leila Green, Samantha Copeland, Samantha Sarmiento, Valerie Capraro, Jinessa Hayden, Morgan Bilodeau.
It’s the second state championship in three years for Coal Ridge cheer.