Gimme a three-peat
DENVER ” Titletown: Glenwood Springs High School earned the moniker when the Demons cheerleading squad won its third consecutive Class 4A state championship Saturday.
But, considering the age and competition experience of the 17 members of the cheer squad, a subtitle should be affixed to the banner that will soon grace the walls of GSHS’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
With seven freshman performers on the team, augmented with four of first-year sophomores maybe “Cradle of Champions” is a better fit.
“The freshmen stepped it up so much,” said Jessica Moseley, one of the squad’s two seniors. “When they announced Pueblo South was second, I was thinking ‘did we get first?. I didn’t think it was real.”
But, the hardware Moseley was clinging to, along with her teammates, proved this was no dream. Glenwood advanced out of a original field of 32 teams from the preliminaries, then bested five other squads that advanced to the finals to win the 4A championship.
While the final results were not available from the Colorado High School Activities Association at press time, there’s no doubt about the Demons feat, or that they are Colorado’s best prep competitive cheer team.
But, a third straight title is a still a surprise for the squad’s coaches.
“We’re really are in shock,” said Lynn Goluba, who directs the program with Kim Richardson and Jody Jordan.
“We’ve have a really, really tough season and have went through a lot of adversity. This group of young kids really stepped it up and came in with confidence. They are an incredible group.”
Along with incredible leadership from the team’s three upperclassmen ” seniors Cassie Croissant, Jessica Moseley and junior Carolyn Wiltse.
“We hoped that we’d do good and we really did. “During the award ceremony I couldn’t think. It was sheer joy. I can’t believe that we did it. Our hard work really did pay off and I’m really proud of everyone on this team.” said Wiltse.
“Our goal was to come here and make it into finals. And we did it,” said Croissant. “We had nothing to lose after that, we just gave it our all because we had already accomplished what we wanted to do.”
Along with delight to the large group of supporters rooting the cheerleaders from the bleachers.
“I’d much rather be out on that floor,” said 2004 GSHS graduate Courtney McCallum, a member of the Demons previous two 4A state champion cheer squads who came to watch. “I’m much more nervous than I’d ever was as a competitor and I’m more proud that I ever was as a competitor.”
McCallum has seen the squad progress from the beginning, and was pleased and stunned when Glenwood was announced as the winner.
“II was there at their tryouts. I was there throughout the summer. I was there throughout the year,” she explained. “Just to watch them progress and watch them flourish. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m amazed.”
For those who didn’t get a chance to watch the cheerleader’s victory in person, they will perform their winning routine as part of a celebration rally when they present the state championship trophy to the high school later this week.
Rifle High School also competed in the Class 4A division. It was the first time in two years the Bears have opted to participate in the cheerleading division.
Rifle did not advance from the preliminaries. Their final placing was not available to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent at press time.
Grand Valley, competiting in the 2A cheer division finished in a ninth place tie with Springfield. Elbert High School won the 2A state championship. Wiley’s cheerleaders were the 2A runner-up.
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