DRAPER -- Cheerleaders from Davis High School in Kaysville took first place in the 5A Varsity All Girl Show Cheer category Saturday at the first-ever state cheerleading competition, held Saturday at Juan Diego High School. Syracuse High took second, and Fremont, which is in Plain City, took third.
Woods Cross High School took first place in the 4A Varsity All Girl Show Cheer, with Hillcrest in Midvale taking second place and Cyprus High in Magna taking third.
While cheerleading is not under the UHSAA umbrella, Utah school cheer squads support many UHSAA sports through the school year.
Many cheer teams in Utah have a competitive component to their programs, participating in regional and national competitions. Many Utah teams do well on the national level.
This year is the first year cheerleading has formed as an organized club sport.
The competition was produced by RC Competes and directed by Lori Rupp and Kellie Chamberlain, each who have served as competition directors for UHSAA in the sport of drill.
Teams had to qualify at a region competition held in February, and Utah coaches follow the National High School Sports Federation spirit safety rules.
The competition engaged the help of the University of Utah, Weber State and UVU cheer teams. These college cheer team members and coaches have lent their expertise in spotting, judging, etc., and also performing exhibition routines.
Utah secondary cheer coaches participated in a statewide survey to develop this program and hope to build on it for years to come.