Cheerleaders are often too busy cheering on others to have time to get cheered on themselves. I think it’s only right that we return this encouraging favor, and recognize the Thompson Valley High School cheerleading squad’s victory at the Division 4A state championship in co-ed cheerleading.

As a former cheerleader, I can personally vouch for how much hard work and dedication it takes to earn this title. The Thompson Valley Eagles trained for months to master the elite skills and stunt sequences required in order to achieve first place at this intense competition.

Shari Robinson, head coach of the Thompson Valley cheer squad, told Reporter-Herald during an interview that: “We’ve been in the finals the last six years. We just got better and better. When you go against those other teams, they’re all getting better and better too. You just have to do your best routine.”

Placing second at this same competition for the last three years, the Eagles were finally able to replace their silver medal status for the gold this time around. This rewarding win caps their undefeated season and makes a glorious ending to this co-ed team’s 2019 journey. The team’s final score was 88.900.

Christy Goldberg, assistant coach, states in an interview that: “My hands were shaking, so much that I couldn’t even hold my phone. I knew that we should win, but you never know until your name is called.”

The ecstatic news about the squad’s big win not only hit the hearts of every squad member and coach, but of the hearts of the significantly-sized cheering section that rooted them on to victory at the Colorado High School Activities Association Spirit Competition.

Several seniors on the team report of their pride and joy for their team’s performance and victory. Ryley Williams, a senior who has been on the team for four years, told Reporter-Herald that: “Before we went out there, we had a pep talk. The last thing I remember us saying was, ‘Alright, this is our year. Let’s go get it done.’ And we did it.”

The Thompson Valley cheerleaders certainly did “do it,” and finally achieved their dream of victory with their astounding, two and a half minute routine.