DENVER — The State Spirit Championship took place over the weekend of Dec. 8 at the Denver Coliseum. The Preliminaries began competition on Friday with the finals wrapping up action on Saturday. Teams from schools all over Colorado traveled to compete including two from the valley, Alamosa and Sanford.
On prelims day Alamosa competed in the 2A/3A Co-Ed discipline. The Moose spirit squad also competed last year taking 8th place in 2016. This year Alamosa improved and took 6th of 14 teams with a score of 54.8. The top four advanced to the next round meaning Alamosa missed their shot at the finals by 10 points. The 2A/3A Co-Ed discipline championship wound up going home with St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs.
Sanford competed in the 2A Poms discipline, an event that they took fourth in the year prior. The Indians raked in 75.7 points at the preliminaries falling just two points behind Vail Christian but still advancing to finals. In the 2A Poms class only two teams advanced meaning Sanford would be going head to head with Vail Christian for the title.
The following day at the finals Vail Christian stayed consistent putting forth a final presentation that only strayed from their prelim score by one point, their final bid for the title coming in at 76.9. Sanford however had a steeper fall off. The Indians watched their numbers fall from the prelims to the finals by 6 points posting a 68.9 final score to take the runner up title at 2A Poms. Both teams are showing upticks in performance and are likely better for the experience.