Steamboat middle school cheerleading team takes 1st place |

Steamboat middle school cheerleading team takes 1st place

Dina Fisher / For the Steamboat Today

Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleaders compete March 10 at the CheerSport-Denver Grand Championship. The team, competing in its first regional competition, finished first in its division.

— The Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleaders competed at the CheerSport-Denver Grand Championship on March 10 along with more than 50 teams from across the region, picking up first place in their division in the team's first regional competition.

Steamboat also had a team finish third in the mini division and another finish seventh in the junior all-star division.

The three cheer teams are led by coach Summer McParland, owner and head coach of Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer.

Summer, a former collegiate cheerleader at Lee University in Tennessee, has been cheerleading since age 3.

"Cheerleading is not just a choreographed routine for girls in skirts to pump up fans and cheer on other sports teams," McParland said. "While there is that component, team cheerleading is its own sport, which demands skills in stunting, tumbling, choreography and precision routines."

The team also recently added Brittney and Cassandra Kaleikini as coaches. The twin sisters have cheered from age 7 to high school.

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Rocky Mountain Cheer is adding two teams to its all-star division, including a youth team that starts at age 8 and a high school team.

The qualifiers required for a competition routine include building, tumbling, creativity and an overall technical routine. The all-star teams are holding tryouts Wednesday for next season following a three-day clinic.

"We wanted to share our athletes' successes with the community, as their hard work, intense practices, tears, joys and dedication it took to achieve the results they did at this highly competitive event deserve recognition," McParland said.

To learn more about Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer's programs or the all-star team tryouts, call 727-424-1373 or email

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