Glenwood impresses at cheer camp |

Glenwood impresses at cheer camp

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Down time is no doubt an alien concept to Glenwood Springs High School’s cheerleaders.

Look no further than the current summer’s proceedings.

Practices, weightlifting sessions and, for some, tumbling lessons have kept the talent-rich squad busy in recent months.

And then there was a recent cheer camp at Colorado State University, at which the Demons made quite the impression.

The tradition-endowed program, one that posted a second-place finish at state last December and won back-to-back-to-back titles from 2002 to 2004, came away as camp champions.

“They did really, really well,” said Jody Jordan, who co-coaches the squad alongside Lynn Goluba. “They performed well. They’re just a really hard-working group of girls. They came home with camp champs in cheer category and dance category and were overall camp champs.”

Not a bad haul. And, given the year-round time the Demons devote to bettering their cheer skills, it’s no surprise.

From April tryouts to a long line of late fall and early winter competitions, Glenwood cheerleaders don’t enjoy much of an offseason. In between it all, they’re also responsible for stoking school spirit at various athletic events.

“We’re pretty busy, yeah,” senior-to-be Catherine Whalen said.

“They’re athletes,” Jordan stressed. “They’re in the [weight room] as much as the football team is.”

If the program is to preserve its top-tier status in the Colorado cheer scene, a non-stop regimen is necessary. Even if it means sacrificing a big chunk of the summer to practice and conditioning, which, though not even mandatory, draws a big turnout.

“It’s huge,” Jordan said. “It takes a lot to get together a routine, as well as all the cheers and things we do for the football and other athletic teams. We have to have that to get a good start on the season.”

For a team with lofty goals, hitting the ground running is a must.

“If we want to win state or place at nationals, we have to put this much work into it,” said senior-to-be Theresa Gabriel, whose sister was on Glenwood’s 2004 state-champion squad.

Who knows? If the extra work pays off, Gabriel might just help bring home another trophy to show off in the well-lined display case at Glenwood Springs High School.

Just like her sister did.

“We do see a lot of promise,” Jordan said. “I think they have a lot of potential. We need to keep them motivated and keep them going well.”

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