Demons cheerleading set to defend state title |

Demons cheerleading set to defend state title

The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders spent the evening Wednesday practicing their routine for the state championship in Denver this weekend.
Chelsea Self |

One year after winning the 4A high school state title at the CHSAA State Spirit Competition in Denver, the Glenwood Springs cheerleading squad will return to the competition Friday looking to defend its title.

Carrying on a proud tradition, the Demons will attempt to reach the finals of the competition for the 15th time under head coach Jody Jordan, who has been with the program for more than 18 years.

Although the Demons won the state title last year, this year’s club is almost entirely new with 12 new members on the squad. Jordan, who seems confident in her girls, said this year is about earning the state title more-so than returning to defend it due to the makeup of the new squad compared to last year’s.

“Our goal is to make it to the finals,” Jordan said. “Actually, that’s our goal every year, with the bonus being to get first or second in state. These girls have worked hard to try and do just that. They started in the middle of summer camp by barely being able to do stunts, but now they’re doing stunts that are a much higher level and take more skill.”

At the CHSAA State Spirit Competition, the Demons will face off with other 4A high schools, with those schools ranging in enrollment of 600 to 1,400 students.

Last year, the Demons won the state title thanks to a superb routine and a nearly-perfect cheer.

Glenwood scored a 90.225 out of 100 in their routine while also receiving two perfect scores out of four from a panel of judges on their cheer. Overall, Glenwood has taken home the state title four times, while also finishing second in 2007. The program is one with tons of history for a small Western Slope school, but on the big stage of states, more often than not the Demons are right in the mix for first place.

For the leaders of this years team that competed on the title-winning squad from last year, getting the opportunity to return to the competition means a great deal.

“It means a lot to us because it’s another great chance that we get that not many other schools get,” junior Chandler Hagemann said. “We have great coaches and a great team that can get us there and give us a chance to compete. We feel very confident this year. A lot of these girls have come a long way this year. To try and go back-to-back would be great. If we’re able to do that it will show that our hard work will pay off.”

For junior Karalee McCown, having the chance to return to Denver with a whole new team compared to last year’s squad is a challenge that she’s looking forward to, especially when it comes to showing other schools that despite losing key seniors and having a young team that Glenwood is still one of the best in the state in 4A.

“Starting with such a fresh team, it really deserves to be proven just how good we are,” McCown said. “You can lose seniors and have all these young girls, but by going in with other teams and coaching seeing and knowing that, and being able to hit our stunts just as well as we did last year shows that we have really strong coaches, a super strong support system and dedication and tons of support from our school and community.

“That’s something that definitely pushes us to be our best.”

The Demons will compete Friday night before finding out if they reach the finals again.

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