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Sailors dance team competing for state title

— Ten members of the Steamboat Springs High School dance team will travel to Denver this weekend in search of a state title.

“The competition is really tough,” head coach Kim Bates said. “All of the teams in our division (Jazz) compete against one another. “

There are 15 teams in the Sailors’ division, including schools like Arapahoe, Columbine and Greeley.

Since dance is one of the smaller divisions, all of the schools, regardless of size, compete against one another.

The Steamboat squad is scheduled to perform at 6:23 p.m. tonight. It will be the first day of the championships, which will include 5A cheerleading, pom and dance.

Saturday involves 2A cheerleading, 3A cheer and pom and 4A cheer and pom.

A panel of five judges will score the events. The high and low scores will be tossed out and an average of the other three scores will be determined.

“There are just a lot of girls in one place there’s a lot of energy,” said veteran dance team member Stephanie Lickteig.

The Steamboat team, which had more than 28 participants this season, will take its top 10 athletes.

“Competition is never relaxed,” Darci Heinert said. “It’s pretty scary.”

The events will be held at the Denver Coliseum Friday and Saturday and they normally draw good-sized crowds.

This is the state championship for dance, cheerleading and pom.

“There are people on all sides and they are all looking at you,” Heinert said.

“You walk out there (on the floor) and feel like you are going to choke.”

However, Heinert said she thought the team’s chances of placing well this season were good.

This year’s squad will include team captains Lickteig and Heinert, along with Marykate Nerney, Elisabeth Salzgeber, Lauren Walsh, Marissa Bucci, Brittany Downey, Audrey Tudor, Emma Simmins and Bethany Hostetler.

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