State spirit championships: Standley Lake wins first title by capturing 4A Poms

(Marlee Smith/

DENVER — Standley Lake made school history on Saturday, winning the school's first-ever spirit championship.

The Gators claimed the championship in the Class 4A poms division during Saturday's state spirit finals, edging Ponderosa for the title.

It is only the third championship in any sport for the school, founded in 1988. Standley Lake also won a gymnastic championship in 2014, and a wrestling title in 2002.

Standley Lake finished with a score of 91.52. Ponderosa finished as runner-up (91.18). Wheat Ridge, the two-time defending champion, was third (90.72).

Elsewhere in Poms, Vail Christian won its eighth-consecutive state championship in 2A with a score of 82.77. Hotchkiss (80.27) was runner-up.

In 3A, University won its third Poms championship, and first since 2016. The Bulldogs had a score of 83.97. SkyView Academy (79.85) finished as runner-up.

Cherry Creek captured the 5A Poms title, the program's seventh. The Bruins, who had a score of 95.12, last won in 2016.

Grandview (93.03) was the 5A runner-up.


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Erie captured its first trophy in cheer by winning the 4A championship with a score of 83.90. Thompson Valley (83.92) was second.

Grandview won the 5A cheer championship, the program's fourth and 12th overall spirit title. They had a score of 92.75. Cherokee Trail (90.70) was second.

Highland (69.90) won the 2A championship, it's third in a row. Cheyenne Wells (67.13) was runner-up.

The Pinnacle won its first-ever state championship in spirit by winning 3A with a score of 72.15. Coal Ridge (68.02) was second.

Co-Ed Cheer

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The Co-Ed division saw three first time champions in ThunderRidge (5A), Golden (4A) and Coal Ridge (2A/3A).

ThunderRidge won its first Co-Ed title with a score of 84.23. The Grizzlies' spirit program won the 2017 Poms title. Mountain Vista (76.98) was second, and four-time defending champion Castle View (76.92) was third.

Golden won the 4A Co-Ed title with a score of 70.53. Falcon (66.52) was runner-up.

In 2A/3A, Coal Ridge won by scoring 78.05. Strasburg (71.12) was second.


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Mountain Vista won its third Jazz championship by notching a score of 94.80.

Chaparral finished in second at 93.47.


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Broomfield captured the Hip-Hop title. The Eagles, who scored 88.32, now have eight spirit championships.

Monarch finished in second by a narrow margin, at 88.03.