Cheerleaders set for state competition Saturday |

Cheerleaders set for state competition Saturday

David Pressgrove

For the Moffat County High School cheerleaders, the Colorado State Spirit Championship is the Super Bowl

“Our routine is going to have to be tight,” said senior Amy

Dorsett. “We have to stick our stunts and nothing can hit the


“Can you tell I’ve been watching Bring it On too much?” said the senior with a smile that revealed the squad does want to do its best but the competition isn’t as cutthroat as the Bring it On movie might

make it seem.

So maybe it’s not quite their Super Bowl but when the final week of practice gets underway, things are taken pretty seriously.

“Sometimes our biggest competition is ourselves,” said coach Suzie Lord. “When we get down to the week before and we’re practicing two times a day it gets a little stressful.”

The Bulldogs finished fifth as a squad last year and they believe they have learned what it takes to earn a higher place this year.

“I watched tapes of the top routines from last year after we got back,” Lord said. “We learned that we needed to make our routine quicker and our stunts

more complex.”

The returning team members agree.

“Our routine is more complex this year,” junior Krystal Chase said. “It is just a matter of us being able to get it done.”

The Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in the 4A competition at 2:46 p.m. Saturday in Denver. Last year’s state champion, Pueblo South, will compete at 3:13.

“We look forward to the competition because of all the work we’ve put into the routine,” senior John Shipley said. “Although I do have to say the girls go there more to win and the guys go for the girls.”

Shipley, Trevor Sloan and Jerry Davis are the three guys on the team and are all seniors.

“Truthfully, in the end, it’s about going out there knowing that all of our hard work will pay off,” Shipley said.

“While being together so much can be a little aggravating, when it’s over, it’s worth it.”

The Bulldogs have been preparing for the competition since the summer at camps.

“Saturday is what it all comes down to,” Lord said. “We have to ability to do as good as or better than last year if things go right.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or

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