Steamboat Allstars gym wraps up season, puts ‘Ice’ing on the cake in Florida |

Steamboat Allstars gym wraps up season, puts ‘Ice’ing on the cake in Florida

The Steamboat Black Ice recently returned from The Summit All Star Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida. Members making the trip were, front row, from left, Gabe Harrell, Griffin Park, Maddie Moss, Amy Daly, Tinsley Moore, Jocelyn McParland, Cassidy Moore, Gwenyth McParland and Reece Underhill. Second row: coach Summer McParland, Alina Grant, Marley Moore, Davina Grant, Kaelyn Radway, Ashley Bruellman, Natalie Bruellman, Jordan Casavecchia and Alicia Sabin. Jessica Bedell is not pictured.

— The last place you would expect to find ice is in Florida, but earlier this month, two cheerleading teams from Steamboat Springs proved that ice can be found in Orlando’s warm climate.

The Steamboat Blue Ice and Steamboat Black Ice teams both earned the right to compete in The Summit All Star Cheerleading Championships, which were held May 5 to 7 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

"Just getting there was huge for our small gym," coach Summer McParland said of the teams that trains with the Steamboat Allstars programs in Steamboat Springs.

The Blue Ice team, which includes athletes 10 and younger, placed 35th out of the top 48 teams in the Youth Level 1 class. The Black Ice team, for athletes age 11 to 14, placed 24th out of the top 60 teams in the Junior Level 3.

Teams competing at the Orlando event came from across the United States as well as Japan, Norway and Australia. Both of the Steamboat teams raised money for most of the season to help pay for the trip.

To help the teams celebrate their successful season, the Steamboat Allstars gym will host “Showcase of Stars” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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The event will include performances by the Blue Ice, the Black Ice and Razzle Dazzle, the gym’s youngest group. There will also be individual dance performances along with numbers by the gym’s hip-hop dancers and the Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleaders.

"It's a fundraiser for the kiddos," McParland said. "It's been an amazing year, and this should be a really good show."

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If you go:

What: Showcase of Stars

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20

Where: Steamboat Springs Middle School, 39610 Amethyst St.

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