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Spirit: Erie cheer dynasty adds fifth straight state title

Holy Family finishes second in 4A all-girl cheer

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Spirit: Erie cheer dynasty adds fifth straight state title

A cheerleading dynasty continued at the Denver Coliseum Friday night.

Erie won the 4A all-girl cheer title for a fifth straight season, its seventh overall spirit title. Holy Family finished second in the event, its third runner-up finish in the sport per the Colorado High School Activities Association.

After announced as champions, Erie coach Nora Roth told CHSAA that her team’s winning routine was the “toughest we’ve ever put on the floor.”

“Ultimately, it paid off,” she said. “We put a lot on the line and it was nerve-wracking and the girls were definitely nervous, but they came out on top. We’re really proud.”

Erie’s raw finals score of 95.95 was the best among any classification. Its total score of 93.95 was only behind 5A champ Douglas County and was more than five points up on 4A second-place Holy Family.

Earlier in the year, Erie’s cheer and poms teams placed inside the top three at nationals for the Universal Dance Association and Universal Cheerleaders Association.

Elsewhere Friday, Broomfield finished sixth in the 4A/5A game-day routine finals and Lyons was fifth in 2A/3A. Silver Creek narrowly missed the finals cut in the event, placing ninth in prelims. Frederick and Niwot barely missed the cut in 4A all-girl cheer.

The state cheer championships will continue into Saturday, where it will crown winners in poms, jazz and hip-hop.