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Cheerleaders bring home title

— Seventeen members of Ro­­­cky Mountain Cheerleading of Steamboat Springs traveled to Denver last weekend and came home with a division championship at the Denver Nationals competition.

"I was very happy," coach Summer McParland said. "This was our team's first competition, and the girls were amazing."

The two-day dance and cheerleading competition was held at the Denver Convention Center. The Steamboat team topped the Intermediate Youth Recreational/Elementary Sch­ool Cheer division at the event. The competition drew 38 teams from across the region.

The Steamboat team, which is made up of girls ranging in ages from 6 to 12, performed Saturday and Sunday en route to the title. The team from Steamboat was the only team in its particular division, but it posted the highest score out of the 12 other Level 1 teams that competed. Those teams competed in tiny cheer, mini cheer and youth cheer divisions. The Steamboat team not only won its division, but recorded the high score out of all the divisions.

McParland, who started the group last summer, said she was thrilled with the team's showing and thanked the community for supporting the group and making it possible to compete in last weekend's event.

Rocky Mountain Cheer­leading offers programs for two age divisions. The programs run from September through May and also offer fall and winter sessions. In the summer, McParland offers a number of cheer and tumbling camps.

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McParland said the older group had been preparing for the Denver Nationals since the winter session began in January.

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