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Full of SPIRIT at RCHS

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The Rock Canyon High School spirit teams – varsity cheer, junior varsity coed cheer, varsity poms and junior varsity poms – all are 2023 Continental League champions.


It was a clean sweep last month at the Continental League for the Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) spirit teams.  Varsity cheer, junior varsity coed cheer, varsity poms and junior varsity poms all finished in first place.

The Continental League consists of 11 high schools – Castle View, Chaparral, Douglas County, Heritage, Highlands Ranch, Legend, Mountain Vista, Ponderosa, Regis, RCHS and Thunder Ridge.

Cheer championships were held at RCHS on November 9.  Competing at RCHS was extra special, allowing for a win in front of the home crowd.

“Winning League was a feeling that we have wanted for years.  It has been six years since RCHS cheer has won,” offered a very happy Zoe Munholland, Varsity Cheer captain.

“The moment our name was announced, it was so special!  We are back at work to keep this feeling for future competitions.”

The RCHS cheer program followed up the League win with another victory the following weekend at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Mile High Regional Competition.  Both teams won first place in Traditional and Game Day performances and received bids to compete at Nationals in Orlando in February.

The squad also hosted the annual Rock the Mat fundraiser and competition on November 4 with more than 60 teams.  It has been an incredible year so far – one that started in Loveland over the summer at the UCA Masters camp where they earned many incredible awards.

This month, the team will compete at the State Spirit Competition at the Denver Coliseum.  Holding true to their values, the team has been practicing with other local high schools to support one another and build friendships.  RCHS cheer teams are now looking forward to cheering on both girls’ and boys’ basketball games during the winter season.

“The girls work so hard spending countless hours practicing for their own competitions while at the same time supporting many other different sports at the school,” shared Heidi Peppler, senior cheer parent.  “I don’t think people realize all the hard work and long hours that go into what they do.  These girls are truly amazing – on and off the mat.”


group of cheerleaders in school gym

It was all cheers and grins on November 9 when RCHS varsity cheer won Continental League for the first time in six years.


cheerleaders in gym performing

This awesome pyramid during Continental League was the result of the Jags dedication and effort.


By Elean Gersack; photos provided by Linsay Shirley



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