Demon cheer squad qualifies for nationals |

Demon cheer squad qualifies for nationals

The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders are going to Disney World, but it’s no pleasure trip. When the Demon cheerleaders travel to Florida early next year, they will attempt to bring home a national championship.

A third-place finish at Saturday’s Rocky Mountain regional championships at Englewood High School in Denver earned the Demon cheerleaders a berth to the ESPN-televised Universal Cheerleaders Associations’ National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando.

The annual event, scheduled to take place on Feb. 7-11, brings together the best high school cheer squads throughout the United States.

This is the second time in three years Glenwood Springs has attained the honor.

The Demons will be one of three Colorado cheerleading squads competing in the medium varsity high school division. Medium cheerleading squads consist of 13-to-16 members.

“We did very well and we are very proud of the girls,” said Lynn Goluba, who, along with Kim Richardson and Jody Jordon, coaches the Glenwood cheerleaders.

Eaglecrest of Aurora, a Class 5A school, won the division. Niwot was second.

In other competition action on Saturday, three area cheerleading squads participated in the National Cheerleaders Association’s Western Slope regional at Mesa State College.

Rifle and Roaring Fork High Schools participated in the Medium and Small Varsity high school divisions. Roaring Fork finished fifth in its division.

Also, making its initial appearance in competition was the nine-member unit from Basalt Middle School, which came away with third-place honors.

Area high school cheer squads will resume competition on Dec. 14 , when they participate in the annual Colorado High School Activities Association’s State Spirit Championship at the Denver Coliseum.

Teams scheduled to participate, according to the CSHAA website include Grand Valley in the Class 2A cheerleading division, Basalt in the 3A Pom/Dance division. Glenwood and Rifle compete in the 4A all-girl cheer division.

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