The Eaglecrest High School legacy in cheer grew stronger Friday when the program won its 12th all-time state championship during the Class 5A state meet at the World Arena.

According to Colorado High School Activities Association records, Eaglecrest’s victory tied it with neighborhood rival Grandview and Ponderosa for the most all-time titles (story). To create that deadlock, the Raptors had to hold off a field of seven other teams in the All-Girl Cheer finals and coach Alisha Chiarelli’s team did so with a deduction-free score of 90.375 points.

Eaglecrest had the second-highest prelim score behind Rock Canyon, but the Jaguars received four deductions in their finals performance and dropped to fifth in the final standings.

Seeking a 13th state title, the Wolves were right on Eaglecrest’s heels and also turned in a performance that received no deductions as coach Christina Maccarrone’s team earned a score of 89.55 points. Coach Kelsey Rauh’s Cherokee Trail team received a score of 84.475 to finish sixth among eight finalists.

On the opening day of the state championship meet, Smoky Hill earned some hardware in the Class 4A/5A Gameday Competition as the Buffaloes were the state runners-up to Valor Christian with a score of 95.6 points. Smoky Hill bettered its 95.5 from the prelims (which was the top score), but the Eagles improved by nearly five points with a 98.35 that put them well in front of a field that included Rangeview (86.3), which finished in eighth place.

The state championship meet returned to a three-day format after it was held in condensed fashion over two days in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday’s final day of competition featured competition in poms, hip-hop and jazz categories with Rangeview (5A Poms), Grandview (5A Poms), Regis Jesuit (5A Poms), Eaglecrest (Hip Hop), Cherokee Trail (Jazz), Smoky Hill (Hip Hop), Vista PEAK (Hip Hop) scheduled to compete.

Courtney Oakes, Sports Editor

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