Steamboat cheer program to hold tryouts |

Steamboat cheer program to hold tryouts

The Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer "junior" team included back row from left, Mariah Walker, Heidi Marshall, Annie Martin, Kelsey Spognardi and Kady Look, middle row, Mi-Ri Frasier, Tia Kavanaugh, Sydney Graham, Aubrie Moothart, Karlee Brown, Kaylie Rankin and Peighton Moothart, and front row, Makenna Keyek, Piper Eivins, Jocelyn McParland, Cassidy Moore and Gwenyth McParland earned second place in Jamfest Nationals. Zoe Walsh also competed but is not pictured.

The Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer "Mini" team, which included, back row from left, Kaylee Goffe, Claire Fisher, Adalia George and Cassidy Moore, and front row, Molly Look, Evelyn Torrango, Jocelyn McParland and Gwenyth McParland, placed first at the Jamfest Nationals in Denver last month.

— The Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer program will look to build on its success at the Jamfest Nationals last month with all-star team tryouts beginning this week.

Program director Summer McParland said the tryouts begin with the older girls this week. The first mandatory clinic for girls ages 13 to 18 is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. It will be followed by a second clinic from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and a tryout from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tryouts for the 8- to 12-year-old group are from April 12 to 14 and will follow the same schedule as this week's events, with clinics Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a tryout Thursday.

The clinics, which are mandatory, will be held at the Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer gym, 2851 Riverside Plaza, Suite 140. The cost to tryout is $25 per participant and includes all three days. Participants must have a signed waiver and release in order to participate. Results from the tryouts will be posted April 15.

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"The talent and skills of our cheerleaders has prompted us to start the all-star teams," McParland said.

The team recently returned from Denver, where two teams from the local program collected top finishes at the Jamfest Nationals held March 12.

The "Mini" team placed first in its division, and the juniors took second against elite programs from across the country.

"There was some tough competition and our athletes definitely held their own," McParland said. "Our girls ended the season with their best performance of the year."

The coach said it was the first competition for the "Mini" team this season, but the older girls competed in a couple of events earlier this winter.

McParland said the Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer program has continued to grow the past several years and now has more than 30 members. McParland said the idea is to split the program into two or three upper-level all-star teams that travel during the season. There also will be a recreational all-star team.

To reach John F. Russell call 970-871-4209 or email

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