COLORADO SPRINGS — The 2020-21 state spirit championships continued on Friday at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Competing on the first day are the Co-Ed positions for all classes as well as Class 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A Poms; Jazz and Hip-Hop.
2A/3A, 4A, 5A Co-Ed
Familiar faces walked out of the World Arena with state championship trophies in hadn't during the early session of the state spirit championships.
Coal Ridge claimed the 2A/3A Co-Ed Cheer championship for the third straight season. The Titans won the same category back in 2018 and also claimed the championship a year ago.
Bayfield finished as the runner-up in the category.
Thompson Valley also repeated as a state champion, claiming the 4A Co-Ed title. The Eagles finished with a score of 82.45, just over two points better than runner-up Falcon.
Castle View won the 5A title after after a sound performance that netted a score of 86.25.
Vista Ridge was the runner-up, jumping four spots from their finish last season.
2A, 3A Poms
For the first time in nearly two decades, West Grand is leaving state spirit with championship in hand.
The Mustangs claimed the 2A Poms title, holding off Hotchkiss by just eight-hundredths of a point. The last time they claimed a championship at state spirit was in 2003 when they took the 2A Poms championship.
Sanford finished third in the event while Clear Creek finished fourth.
University kept their pattern of winning every other year intact as the Bulldogs claimed the 3A Poms title. They won the same event in 2016 and 2018. If the COVID-19 pandemic hadn't pushed state back, this year's title would've been the 2020 championship.
It's the fifth overall title for the Bulldogs as they also claimed 3A Cheer in 2015 and 3A Poms in 2007.
SkyView Academy finished second, Aspen finished third and Grand Valley finished fourth.
4A and 5A Poms
For the second time in the two-day event, Erie is taking home gold. The Tigers won the 4A Poms title to get their first championship is that specific discipline.
They have two 4A Cheer titles to their name and also won the 2A/3A Co-Ed Cheer championship back in 2007. They are the only team that has won more than one championship in 2021.
The score of 87.73 was more than a full point better than second-place Evergreen. Roosevelt finished third while Mullen took fourth.
Rock Canyon took the 5A title with a score of 91.15. It's the first spirit title since 2016 for the Jaguars, who claimed the 5A Cheer championship. It's the first Poms title for them since 2008 when they won it in 4A.
They fended off defending champion Cherry Creek who finished with 90.38 points. Grandview took third place and Ponderosa finished fourth.
JazzAdd another one for Mountain Vista. The Golden Eagles put on a championship worth performance and earned the hardware to prove it. They advanced to the Jazz finals after the top preliminary score and rode that momentum to a Jazz state championship, the first since 2018.
This is the 11th overall spirit championship for Mountain Vista and the fourth Jazz title. They previously won the discipline in 2010, 2015 and 2018.
The Golden Eagles finished with a score of 86.58. Cherokee Trail finished second while Valor Christian took thrid.
Hip-HopBroomfield's performance was the final performance of the two-day state spirit championships. And the Eagles certainly saved their best for last.
After taking third a year ago, Broomfield once again claimed the Hip-Hop state title, capturing their second crown in three years. Their performance netted them a score of 90.80, seven-tenths of a point better than second-place Fruita Monument.
This is the ninth overall spirit championship for Broomfield and its third state title in the last four years.
The Wildcats' runner-up finish is their second in as many years. Fossil Ridge finished third while Horizon took fourth.