Glenwood cheer squad takes second at state
DENVER – They’re winners. No matter the final ranking. No matter what size the trophy is – Glenwood Springs’ cheerleaders are winners.Carolyn Wiltse summed up the feelings of the Demons cheerleaders when she said she was pleased with the Class 4A state runner-up award.”Everyone feels so good, and I’m so proud of everyone. This was a good payoff.” Especially when measured against the odds of earning an award at Saturday’s Colorado State High School Activities Association’s state spirit championships.Thirty-nine all-girl cheer teams – the largest field in any division – where part of the afternoon’s preliminaries.
Only six advance to the finals. Glenwood was the only Western Slope school to earn one of those valuable spots. It’s the eighth straight year in a row the Demons have reached that plateau.Cheyenne Mountain, Liberty, Pueblo South, Broomfield and Mullen, the 2005 4A champion, advanced with the Demons.”We told the girls afterwards that hard work always shows up in the end. Especially for this group,” said Lynn Goluba, who coaches the cheerleaders with Kim Richardson and Jody Jordan.”This group of girls has worked very, very hard. This is a great reward for them,” Goluba added.The worst part of the of the day-long competition, Wiltse explained, is the three-hour wait to see which squads advance from the prelims to the championship finals.
“It’s horrible waiting for finals. You have a nervous feeling in your stomach. But once it’s announced that you’ve made it, it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” she said.Despite the momentary relief, each one of the 18 girls on the Demons competitive team knew they had to work harder than they did in the earlier round.Given the opportunity, the cheerleaders rose to the challenge.”We busted our butts and pulled through and got second place. That’s fantastic,” Wiltse said.”This truly has been a great group. The coaching staff is just thrilled about second place for these girls, because they’ve worked hard and definitely deserve a reward,” Goluba said.
What’s most tangible to outsiders is that Glenwood is the yardstick for all Western Slope cheerleading teams to be measured against.The most important item to the cheerleaders and their coaches is how they feel about themselves.”We told the girls, it’s not all about trophies and winning,” Goluba said. “It’s doing your best and learning a lot of lessons along the way.”In other divisions at the state competition involving area schools, Grand Valley took ninth place in a field of 14 Class 2A all-girl cheerleading teams. On Friday, Rifle, participating in the Class 4A/5A coed division, finished 19th.
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The Rifle and Glenwood Springs girls tangled on Tuesday night at Glenwood’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium in a 4A Western Slope League contest that carried major implications in the conference standings.