Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Cheer team captured the state title at the Colorado All Star State Championships at the National Western Complex on Saturday in Denver. Members of the team included, back row from left, Gabi Seng, Izzy Cox, Hanna Spence, Jordan Anderson, Emily Groves, Hunter Anderson, Lilly Speiss and Citlali Gomez, and front row from left, Grace Mark, Bailey Gander, Gwenyth McParland, Jocelyn McParland, Zach Gollnick and Makenna Keyek.

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Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Cheer team captured the state title at the Colorado All Star State Championships at the National Western Complex on Saturday in Denver. Members of the team included, back row from left, Gabi Seng, Izzy Cox, Hanna Spence, Jordan Anderson, Emily Groves, Hunter Anderson, Lilly Speiss and Citlali Gomez, and front row from left, Grace Mark, Bailey Gander, Gwenyth McParland, Jocelyn McParland, Zach Gollnick and Makenna Keyek.

Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer squads post top finishes at state championship

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— The members of Steamboat’s Rocky Mountain Cheer team will have to make some room on the wall of the gym for a new banner after taking first place at the Colorado All Star State Championships last weekend at the National Western Complex in Denver.

Rocky Mountain Cheers Senior 3 coed team captured first place at the event Saturday.

“I’m so happy for these girls; they nailed it,” coach Summer McParland said. “The really great thing is that they didn’t expect to do this well, and that makes it even more special.”

She also was impressed that the team overcame a couple of major obstacles leading up to the winning performance.

The team was running through the routine before it was scheduled to compete when one of the team’s strongest athletes, Jocelyn McParland, suffered an injury while practicing a tumbling run. Jocelyn competed in the event with two broken fingers to help the team earn the title.

“She had to limit her tumbling a bit,” coach McParland said. “But she is a true competitor and gave it her all.”

The team also was forced to make a few last-minute changes after learning that one of the team’s stunts did not comply with recent rule changes. McParland said it was frustrating because she was notified of the changes after her younger team already had competed and been penalized for a similar move.

“The rules seem to change every other week,” McParland said. “But it happens, and while our team was disappointed, it didn’t take away from what they accomplished on the floor.”

The squad performed well, but the deduction was costly, McParland said. The team fell to sixth in the final results for a showing she thought should have been worth a top-three finish. Luckily, the older team was able to make a few changes before taking the floor and came away with the title.

The top showings come on the heels of a strong performance at the CheerSports Denver Grand Championships, which were held March 16 at the First Bank Center in Broomfield.

There, the Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading team, which also is coached by McParland, took first place in its division. The Senior 3 coed team took second, and the Youth Level 2 team took fifth.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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