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Moffat County Thunder Cheer electrifies competition

Mini team wins age group at Aloha Denver

Members of Moffat County Thunder Cheer hold up a banner onstage during Aloha Denver as part of the Aloha International Spirit Championships. The Mini team placed first in the event, with Juniors Level 1 placing second and Juniors Level 2 fourth.

Leave it to a cheer squad to get right back into the competitive spirit.

The young athletes of Moffat County Thunder CheerMoffat County Thunder Cheer walked away feeling similar to some big kahunas after its latest competition, Aloha Denver, hosted last weekend as part of the walked away feeling similar to some big kahunas after its latest competition, Aloha Denver, hosted last weekend as part of the Aloha International Spirit ChampionshipsAloha International Spirit Championships..

Moffat County Thunder Cheer walked away feeling similar to some big kahunas after its latest competition, Aloha Denver, hosted last weekend as part of the Aloha International Spirit Championships.

The youngest age group, the Minis, won its division out of four total teams.

"We took first place by a landslide," said Minis coach Amber Snow.

With some different rules and safety restrictions than they're used to, Minis lost some points but were still well in the lead, thanks to the level of practice put in recently.

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"They were super-dedicated," Snow said about the team. "It was so exciting, and they worked so hard. When they did the routine, I just started bawling."

The Thunder Cheer teams Junior Level 1 and Junior Level 2 took second of four and fourth of seven teams, respectively.

"We didn't really know what to expect, because we had never attended, and it wasn't as big as some other events, but there were a lot of great teams and our teams did really, really well," head coach Valerie Davis said.

Winners of each grouping received a partial bid to a contest in Hawaii, with the all-around winner getting a full trip to the isles to compete. Though it's tempting with the registration discount their win earned them, the journey would be too costly for families to arrange so quickly, Snow said.

"We already have our four competitions lined up, and it's really expensive for our group of little tiny girls to go," she said.

The victory at Aloha takes place less than one month after an impressive showing at JAMfest Nationalsimpressive showing at JAMfest Nationals, and Thunder Cheer will be back at it within another month as the , and Thunder Cheer will be back at it within another month as the CHEERSPORT Denver Grand ChampionshipCHEERSPORT Denver Grand Championship comes around again March 13 at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center. comes around again March 13 at Broomfield's 1st Bank Center.

impressive showing at JAMfest Nationals, and Thunder Cheer will be back at it within another month as the CHEERSPORT Denver Grand Championship comes around again March 13 at Broomfield's 1st Bank Center.

"That one's one of my absolute favorites," Snow said.

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