They have the longest season out of anyone, and arguably the most games, too. This weekend, Colorado celebrated its spirit squads, with the state competition taking place at the Denver Coliseum.
The night brought many first-time winners, as well as repeat champions.
Vail Christian's poms team continues to build its resume as being one of the best the 2A classification has ever seen. On Saturday, the Saints took home their sixth straight state championship. Castle View won its third consecutive 4A/5A co-ed cheer title, and Cherry Creek poms (5A), St. Mary's cheer (2A/3A co-ed) and Monarch dance (hip-hop) all repeated in their respective categories. In addition, Ponderosa won the jazz dance title, after taking home the 4A poms championship in 2015.
Rock Canyon is back on top in the 5A cheer category, after winning its third title in four years.
Below is a complete list of champions from the 2016 State Spirit competition:
4A/5A Co-Ed Cheer:
Winner - Castle View High School, 91 points
Runner up - Mountain Vista High School, 88.4 points
Winner - Rock Canyon High School, 92.4 points
Runner up - Eaglecrest High School, 88.9 points
Winner - Cherry Creek High School, 88.9 points
Runner up - Grandview High School, 81.5 points
Winner - Valor Christian High School, 83.1 points
Runner up - Thompson Valley High School, 81.7 points
Winner - Wheat Ridge High School, 89.15 points
Runner up - Erie High School, 85.45 points
Winner - Coal Ridge High School, 76.6 points
Runner up - Faith Christian, 76.3 points
Winner - University High, 66 points
Runner up - Bayfield, 63.8 points
Winner - Highland, 71.7 points
Runner up - Swink, 69.6 points
Winner - Vail Christian, 73.2 points
Runner up - Clear Creek, 64.4 points
2A/3A Co-Ed Cheer:
Winner - St. Mary's, 80.1 points
Runner up - Strasburg, 70.65 points
Winner - Ponderosa High School, 89.7 points
Runner up - Mountain Vista High School, 86.3 points
Winner - Monarch High School, 91.35 points
Runner up - Eaglecrest High School, 85.25 points
Watch the video for highlights from our 2016 state spirit champions.