Corner Canyon, Skyridge top inaugural 6A competitive cheer championships
Corner Canyon Cheer won the UHSAA’s first 6A All-Girls State Title on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the UCCU Center in Orem. (Courtesy, Corner Canyon)
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OREM — When the Corner Canyon competitive cheer team completed its first practice in the show category at the 6A State Competitive Cheer Championships, Head Coach Whitney Lunt had a good feeling.
The Chargers were perfect on the show, Lunt explained, which meant there was only one thing left to do: have fun and finish the win.
Corner Canyon wrapped up the “fun” meeting and rolled to the first 6A All-Girls competitive cheer title Friday night at Utah Valley University’s UCCU Center. The Chargers brought home the first title of its kind to be sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association in their classification.
“We knew the difficult part was over,” Lunt told KSL.com. “This has all the skills and crazy stuff; we were the only ones in our division who hit a perfect show routine.
“The rest was just fun. We have a really senior-heavy team. They are the ones in the circles who motivate and give reminders and this has taken four years. The senior class was excellent and trusted us to buy into the program.”
In many ways, Friday’s championship was more than a year in the making after the UHSAA sanctioned a slew of new events in a hurricane, Lunt added. The process took more like four straight years, thanks to a senior class that had 11 of the 19 spots in the Chargers’ roster preparing for this particular season.
Lunt relied on those seniors, particularly captains Lauren Easton, Christine Schmidt, Olivia Sharp, Brook Barney, Jade Winkel and Avery Adamson, and junior captain Ashley Macievic to guide the team into a unique 6A meeting that earned the first excursion of the national association into the sanctioned competition ended.
Skyridge won the UHSAA 6A Coed title while Salem Hills finished the night as 5A All Girls Champions two days after Crimson Cliffs won the 4A, 5A Coed division to highlight small school classifications .
“It’s incredible,” said Lunt. “We have set the bar very high for our children this year and they have exceeded every expectation we set. They were excellent today and deserve it.”
For the results of the 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A meetings previously held at UVU, click here.
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A proud Syracuse University graduate, Sean Walker has been covering BYU for KSL.com since 2015, also mixing in prep sports, education, and whatever else his editors assign to him.
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