Titans cheerleading places second in state
Competing at the annual CHSAA State Spirit Competition in Denver, the Coal Ridge Titans cheerleading team came away with a second place finish in a strong showing under head coach Alyssa Thurmon.
Dating back to 2012, the Titans cheerleading squad has improved each year, building off of a 16th-place finish in 2012, which happened to be Thurmon’s first year at the helm.
From there, the Titans made a leap to eighth in 2014 before placing second this year, making their first appearance in the finals.
On the first day of competition, Friday, the Titans scored a 75.88 with a one-point deduction for a fall, which was good enough to push them into their first finals appearance.
In the finals, the Titans came out a little shaky, according to Thurmon, due to the big stage. The nerves led to a dropped stunt, resulting in two deducted points for the Titans, who scored a 67.5 overall in the final round.
Coal Ridge finished just behind University, who won the state title in 3A. Despite coming up just short, the Titans exceeded expectations this year.
“Our goal this year was to make top four,” Thurmon said. “This team has worked extremely hard, sometimes practicing at 5:30 a.m. We have an amazing group of dedicated and hard-working girls who never gave up on our goal of making top four.”
Members of the team include the following: Chelsea Gosnell, KateLee Ross-Biorn, Kellsea Ross-Biorn, Kyleah Ross-Biorn, Aylin Mendoza, Kylie Crawford, Tori Easley, Codie Fisher, Jaycelyn Krueger, Mary-Ann Fulton, Katelynn McElroy, Bella Miller, Angelina Vasquez, Gracie West, Lacey Peterson, Zyanni Vandorren, Annikya Wight, Hannah Marx, Britney Moreno
Individually, Gosnell received the Al-Elite Athlete Award. One girl from each team making the finals received this award, according to Thurmon.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The Coal Ridge Lady Titans volleyball team took the first critical step Tuesday in a final week of regular-season play they hope will land them in the regional round of the 3A playoffs come next…