Demon Cheerleaders on tight schedule
Today is going to be a busy day for the Glenwood Springs cheerleading squad. The Demons will not only be trying to earn an invitation to the United Cheerleading Association Nationals, the team is also planning to help cheer the Glenwood football team to a playoff victory.Thanks to Glenwood coach Lynn Goluba, they should be able to do both.
First, the Demons will travel over 160 miles to Englewood for the UCA Mile High Regional competition, where a score above 80 percent will merit a spot a nationals.Goluba called the competition organizer and bumped up Glenwood’s competition time to 10:34 a.m., with the hopes the Demons can nail their two-and-a-half minute routine, then get back on the bus and get to the game, which starts at 1 p.m.”We want to cheer for the football team because that ultimately is our top objective or goal as a cheer squad,” Goluba said. “(Our other coach Jody Jordan’s) son plays, my husband coaches, they have brothers on the team. We are really in a pickle because we want to be there, but this is what we practice 10 months of the year for. It’s tough.”So, first things first, the Demons will load up on the bus at 5:30 a.m. and head to Englewood. There, they will perform in their second competition of the year. Last week at a United Spirit Organization competition, the Demons placed fifth.
“Last week, for 10 out of 19 girls, it was their first competition. … They are an amazing group of girls and we just ask them to be better than last year and they are working really hard,” Goluba said. “We had quite a few falls, but it was the first time competing for a lot of the girls. It was all right, but we are definitely looking to do better this week.”The Demons have been smoothing out the wrinkles of their routine all week during their practices at the Sopris Elementary School gym, a place that has housed them with all of the construction at the high school. In fact, on Friday, while going through the final preparations, they had to get their routine perfect three times before practice could end.”We changed a lot since last week to add more difficulty and to showcase some strengths that we have,” Goluba said. “The routine is awesome, we are just a little inconsistent right now.”At regionals, Glenwood will be competing at the medium varsity level, against a Class 5A-majority field including Cherry Creek and Eaglecrest. The Demons will do their routine and have to get right back on the bus to try to make it back to the Glenwood-Sterling first round showdown.
“So we’re are going to compete, grab our bags, they are bringing lunch and we are just gonna haul back,” Goluba said. “I think we should get back by halftime. That’s our plan.”The hectic schedule is one Glenwood will have to get used to. If the Glenwood football team wins today, the cheer squad will be in a bind again next weekend. They are slated to compete at Chaparral High School in Parker at 5:30 p.m. If the Demon football team beats Sterling, it could be on the road at Berthoud or home vs. Elizabeth on Nov. 17. The cheerleaders are probably the only ones hoping for an away match as Berthoud and Chaparral are both on the Front Range.The cheer squad would be off Thanksgiving weekend if the football team makes it to the semifinals, so there is no conflict there. However, if the football players make it to state, the cheerleaders would also be at their state competition in Denver.
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