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Steamboat Springs cheer squad set for action

Sailors team begins season

Luke Graham

— The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team begins its competitive season Saturday at Douglas County High School.

The team, which traditionally has competed in Class 4A, is moving to the small coed division this season with the addition of three male cheerleaders.

"We're hoping to do well and hit our routine," coach Shannon Uris said. "Douglas County is a 5A school, and they are the returning state champions."

The Sailors have 14 members on the team. They started their competitive routine in August and have spent the better part of the last four months perfecting it.

The team does tumbling exercises Mondays at Excel Gymnastics, and then practices for two hours per night Tuesday through Thursday.

A routine consists of one minute of cheering and 90 seconds of dance to music. Uris said the team has high hopes for the state competition Dec. 9 at the Denver Coliseum.

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The team also will compete in the Universal Cheer Association on Nov. 19 at the Coliseum and hopes to get a bid to nationals.

Steamboat also competes Dec. 2 in Palisade.

"This is the first year we've been coed," Uris said. "We're hoping to get in the top 10 at state."

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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