Moffat County Elite preps for spirited show
On a day that’s meant to celebrate high-spirited patriotism, local cheerleaders are ready to give fireworks across the nation a run for their money.
Moffat County Elite Cheer spent the past week preparing for its performance in Tuesday’s Fourth of July Parade, and kids of all ages are set to give Craig residents a show.
The local spirit squad was hard at work with regular team members and newcomers alike for the parade, as coached by Casey Piatt, Amber Snow, Amanda Arnold, Desiree Moore, Michelle Armstrong and more.
About 30 kids attended the team’s clinic.
“The kids that are already on the team help teach some of the kids that are new,” said Arnold, MCE’s treasurer. “They really learn a lot.”
The group was back in their old digs at Centennial Mall — following a stint at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse — practicing everything from basket tosses and basic tumbling to a dance routine set to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Piatt, the group’s head coach, said focusing on fundamentals and safety is key as beginning cheer athletes pick up the techniques.
“All of them want to do the cool stuff,” she laughed.
Moffat County Elite was previously known as Moffat County Thunder before restructuring as a nonprofit and becoming a 501c3 organization.
The team will be holding tryouts for a new season Aug. 5. In addition to welcoming athletes ranging from age 6 to teenagers for Youth, Junior and Senior levels, Piatt said she hopes to start a Tiny Team for 2- to 5-year-olds.
“We really want to see some new faces,” Piatt said.
Moffat County Elite also offers open gym sessions at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, for $20 per month through Aug. 2 for all ages.
For more information on the team, call 970-326-6166 or visit Facebook.com/mctcheer.
A derailment in Craig Monday morning shut down a portion of tracks until crews could clear several train cars full of coal that had tipped over.