|Cheerleaders wow the judges to place 2nd at state|
|Written by April Peregoy|
Knowing they were the first squad to perform Saturday morning, Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m., HHS cheerleading coach Jane Zink knew her girls had to set the bar high for the rest of the competition. They did not let her down.
As the highest score-winners of the preliminary rounds, HHS moved on to the finals with Cheyenne Wells and won the second-place trophy of the 2A Cheer Division. They were just two points shy of Cheyenne Wells’ winning score.
The Colorado High School Activities Association State Spirit Competition took place at the Denver Coliseum. It was noted by CHSAA that the size of the competitive field in all divisions has grown to 240 teams, up from 220 in 2007.
“Being the first ones to perform is hard,” said Zink, “because you can be forgotten unless you really impress them. The fact we were the first ones to perform and we still received the highest score is an absolutely amazing accomplishment.”
Zink could not be more proud of her squad, and is hoping the second-place finish will inspire her girls to reach for the championship next year.
“The last time we won at state was in 2000. Most of the girls in high school now don’t even remember that. I hope this makes them see it is possible for Holyoke to win the championship.”
She added over the last four years, HHS has been moving up the state championship ladder. “Last year we placed third, and the two years before that, fourth.” Will HHS be able to make that final leap next year?
Team members include captain and senior Katie Hoffner; juniors Megan Colglazier, Nora Roth and Kendra Timm; sophomores Mallory Bennett and Sydney Nelson; and freshmen Kali Drees and Teanna Amaral.