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Niwot cheer cleans up at Rocky Mountain Classic


November 14, 2018

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The Niwot cheer team performs at the Rocky Mountain Classic at Legacy High School on Nov. 2.

The Niwot cheer squad is going to have to get a bigger trophy case.

On Nov. 3, the Cougars took first place in the varsity show cheer competition at the USA Rocky Mountain Classic in Broomfield and qualified for a bid to the national competition in Anaheim, Calif., next February.

According to Head Cheerleader Savannah Parrot, her team’s ‘clean’ routines were the key to victory.

“We can’t control how quickly we advance with our skills, but we can control how clean we are with the skills that we’re doing,” she said. “We really focus on throwing a routine that both hits and looks good versus one that might have harder skills but won’t look as appealing.”

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The Niwot cheer team competed at the USA Rocky Mountain Classic at Legacy High School on Nov. 2, and took first place in the intermediate division.

The triumph at the Classic comes at an especially good time for the squad, which is gearing up for the high school postseason. On Nov. 13, they will compete in the Northern League championships at Centaurus High School, and Parrot is optimistic about the resurgent team’s chances to contend for the conference title.

“We’ve really been improving our tumbling and our difficulty,” she said. “But there are some very good schools in our division.”

Parrot and her squad will cap off their competition season year at the Class 4A spirit championships on Dec. 7. In 2017, the team finished 13th overall at state, despite a tumultuous start to the season. With another year of growth and stability behind them, Parrot likes Niwot’s chances to break into the top 10 in 2018.

“We couldn’t do some of the more advanced pyramids last year,” she said. “We have a better chance of upping our difficulty and still keeping it clean.”


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