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With late coach on their minds, Demon cheer team second at state

They did it for Kim.

Glenwood Springs’ cheerleaders executed a near-perfect routine to take home second from the 4A state cheer competition in early December.

The Demons snared silver in 2008 with more on their minds than just scores and performing. They also had their former coach, Kim Richardson, in their thoughts. Richardson died in April after a battle with cancer.

“We all decided to go out there and do it for Kim,” senior captain Raine Girardot said.

“She’s part of our squad,” fellow captain Savanna Cochran added. “Coming off the mat, one of the girls said, ‘Kim would have been proud of that.’ That’s really how we felt.”

The Demons finished behind only Rock Canyon at the Denver Coliseum-hosted state meet.

It was a huge moment for the program, which has enjoyed dynastic success in recent years.

The Demons finished third at state last year and have finished in the top six every year since 2002, a stretch that began with back-to-back-to-back state titles from 2002 to 2004.

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