Cherry Creek poms enters state spirit looking to repeat as champions

Centennial League spirit

(Jack Eberhard/

As spirit squads from across the state take the Denver Coliseum floor over Friday and Saturday, the Cherry Creek Bruins are ready to defend the state championship they won last year.

The Bruins are undefeated in competition so far this year, most notably Centennial League champions. A league that has had a lot of success in poms competition. Three of the four finalists last year in the poms division came from the Centennial League.

The Bruins also know the work it requires to win a state title.

"We're working our absolute hardest," senior Talia Shafer said. "(We are) making sure that everyone on the team is putting in 110 percent all the time and trying to beat ourselves and not worry about anyone else to reach our goal."

Maturity and experience will also help out the Bruins this season. With many returning dancers the Bruins know the stage they are about to take. Nerves will play a factor into any performance but the Bruins are not going to let their nerves get the better of them.

"Nerves are always a good thing to boost our energy and pump adrenaline," Shafer continued. "We just try to talk to each other and stay in the moment."

In the preliminary stage the Bruins will take the floor at 1:30 to look to defend their title.