On December 5th and 6th, high schools from around the state of Colorado gathered at the Denver Colisium to compete at what is arguably the largest cheerleading competition of the year, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) State Cheerleading Competition.
Friday December 5th, 2014
Friday, December 5th, was dedicated to the 5A All Girl Division and the 4A/5A Coed Division.
The day started out strong in the 5A All Girl Division, with 37 teams competing. Eleven of the teams who competed in the 5A All Girl Division are Elite high schools; Grandview, Douglas County, Fossil Ridge, Cherokee Trail, Brighton, Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit, Coronado, Ralston Valley, George Washington, and Bear Creek. Eight of the top fifteen teams in the 5A All Girl Division attend an Elite facility. With such a tight competition, only eight of the 37 teams would move into finals, with the top two teams receiving recognition for all of their hard work throughout the year.
As finals were announced, elation spread through the coliseum for the eight teams moving onto compete for a State title. Three of the eight finalists are Elite high schools; Grandview, Cherokee Trail and Douglas County, with Douglas County in first place before their final performances.
Each team had an amazing performance in finals, giving the judges a tough decision to make for the 5A All Girl Division. A flawless performance from Douglas County earned them a 2nd place finish in the 5A All Girl Division. Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches from Douglas County!
All of the teams who performed in the finals gave it their all! The close scores reflect the talent and hard work these teams put in this season.
At the conclusion of the 5A All Girl Division, the competition moved right along into the 4A/5A Coed Division. There were 37 teams who competed in this division, with only eight teams moving onto the finals later that night. There were four Elite high schools who competed in this division; Mountain Visa, Castle View, Centaurus and ThunderRidge. All 37 teams performed their best, and all of the Elite High School moved into finals!
Again, the judges had a difficult decision to make following eight amazing finals performances. It was a tight race, with Mountain Visa taking home 2nd place. Congratulations to the coaches and athletes of Mountain Vista!
Castle View, overcoming a deduction in prelims, pulled together an amazing routine to take home 1st place and a State Championship title. Congratulations to the coaches and athletes of Castle View!
Another high scoring division, with great performances from all of the 4A/5A Coed Teams.
Day one wrapped up beautifully, with 3 of the 4 awards handed out going home with Elite high schools.
Saturday December 6th, 2014
Saturday, December 6th was dedicated to the 3A All Girl Division, 2A All Girl Division, 2A/3A Division and 4A All Girl Division.
The day started off with the 3A All Girl Division, with 19 teams competing, two of them being Elite high schools. With less teams in the 3A division, only four teams were able to move into finals. Both Elite high school teams moved into finals; Manitou Springs and Faith Christian.
After amazing finals performances from all of the teams, Manitou Springs took home 1st place in the 3A All Girl Division! Congratulations to the coaches and athletes from Manitou Springs!
Great job to all of the team who competed in the 3A All Girl Division!
Next up, the 2A All Girl Division and the 2A/3A Coed Division. In the 2A All Girl Division, 17 teams competed with Jim Elliot being our Elite high school in this division. Again, with a smaller division, only four teams made it into finals, with Jim Elliot, advancing.
Jim Elliot performed solid in finals and secured a 2nd place finish in the 2A All Girl Division! Congratulations to the coaches and athletes from Jim Elliot!
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed in the 2A All Girl Division!
In the 2A/3A Coed Division 18 teams competed, with one team, Bishop Machebeuf, representing the Elite high schools in this division. Only four teams advanced to finals, with Bishop Machebeuf in second moving into finals.
Bishop Machebeuf gave a deduction free performance, and was able to secure a 1st place State Championship in the 2A/3A Coed Division! Congratulations to the coaches and athletes from Bishop Machebeuf!
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed in the 2A/3A Coed Division!
Last up, the 4A All Girl Division. 35 teams competed for only eight finalist slots, with three teams being Elite high schools. All three teams moved into finals, Valor Christian, Sand Creek and Glenwood Springs.
With solid performances from all of the finalists, the judges had another difficult decision on their hands. Valor Christian secured a 2nd place finish in the 4A All Girl Division! Congratulations to the coaches and athletes of Valor Christian!
Taking home 1st place and the State Championship in the 4A All Girl Division was Glenwood Springs! Congratulations to the coaches and athletes from Glenwood Springs!
Great job and congratulations to all of the 4A All Girl teams!
Of the eight awards that were handed out on Saturday, five went home with Elite high schools!
In total, 12 awards were handed out, 8 going home with Elite high schools. Elite had 14 finals performances across all of the divisions, as well as 23 teams finish in the top 20, 21 teams in the top 15 and 15 teams in the top 10. 52% of our Elite teams advanced into finals and 67% of the awards went home with Elite high schools.
Great performances from all of the Elite high schools this past weekend. The Elite staff is lucky to work with so many amazing cheer programs across the state. As many of our programs prepare for their Nationals competitions in the spring, we look forward to continuing to work with these Elite high schools. We are also looking forward to working with these Elite high schools (and hopefully new Elite high schools) in the 2015-2016 High School Cheer Season! #weareElite