COLORADO SPRINGS — The 2020-21 state spirit championships kicked off on Thursday at World Arena.
Competing on the first day are the 2A/3A and 4A/5A Gameday divisions, as well as the 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A Cheer competitions.
Make it 2-for-2 for the Valor Christian Eagles. During the first day of the state spirit competition, the Eagles came away with gold, claiming the Class 5A/4A Gameday state championship.
It's the second Gameday title for Valor and the second overall year of the categories inclusion in the state competition.
They won the title in the say fashion that they did in December of 2019 by beating out Smoky Hill. The Eagles finished with a score of 96.95 while the Buffaloes scored 93.8.
Greeley West took third while Rangeview took fourth.
Swink won the 3A/2A Gameday title after following up a solid prelim performance with a championship performance in the finals. The Lions finished fourth last year marking this win as their first Gameday state championship in school history.
Bishop Machebeuf placed second with Resurrection Christian taking third.
2A and 3A CheerThe Highland Huskies cheer team received a phone call from coach Michaela Runnells.
"Come meet me up near the front door," she said.
They had no idea that she was carrying the payoff from their hard work. When the girls finally got within eyesight of Runnells, they couldn't help but notice she was carrying something that was glistening with gold. It was a state championship trophy. The girls went crazy as they claimed the 3A crown.
After finishing second in 2A last year, they'll enjoy a ride home with a trophy and a banner, celebrating their top performance at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Prospect Ridge Academy, last year's state champion, finished second while Woodland Park finished third and Gunnison finished fourth.
In 2A, Front Range Christian repeated as the 2A cheer after holding off Limon. The Falcons scored 74.7 points to the Badgers' 63.4.
Cheyenne Wells finished third and Wiley took fourth.
4A and 5A Cheer
For the third straight year, Erie is walking out of the state spirit meet as the 4A Cheer champion. The Tigers put together a performance that gave them a score of 91.5, just under seven points better than Lewis-Palmer.
Last year, the scored 91.217 to capture the cheer title at the Denver Coliseum. This year, they'll be able able to savor the win a little more as they drive north from Colorado Springs.
Niwot finished third while Standley Lake finished fourth.
After finishing seventh a year ago, Douglas County claimed the 5A cheer crown. They held off Chaparral by just a quarter of a point.
Rock Canyon took third with a score of 89.8 and Legend came in fourth.