Crimson Cliffs fans take 1st place in 3 events in division…

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders and coaches with first place banners won at Central Region Championships, Lehi, Utah, January 14, 2023 | Photo courtesy of Crimson Cliffs Athletics, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleading squad put in a strong performance at the Utah High School Activities Association Central Division championships held at Lehi High School on Saturday.

Competing in the mixed 4A/5A classification, the Mustangs won three of four routines in regional competition and placed second in the other, thus qualifying for state in all four events.

Crimson Cliffs head coach Becky Erickson, who is in her first year at the helm, said there are 44 members on this year’s team, 40 girls and four boys. Sixteen of the cheerleaders are seniors.

“This is the first year that cheer has become a (sanctioned) sport for the UHSAA,” he noted. “So that’s really a big problem.”

“Our first three routines where we took first, they did the best they could,” Erickson said, adding, “And then the one where we took second, we had a couple of missteps. But I think it’s a perfect position for us because it will make us really motivated all week to work hard and get ready for that state championship.”

Erickson said that with this being the sport’s inaugural year as an official UHSAA event, many teams were competing against opponents they had never faced before.

“I wasn’t sure what we were up against, because we hadn’t had a chance to deal with them,” she said. “This is a big learning curve for us. But we’ve tried to focus on doing the best we can, putting him on the pitch and hoping he scores the way we want to.”

In addition to Crimson Cliffs, two other southern Utah schools also competed in the Central Division competition on Saturday: Canyon View and Hurricane. Canyon View, competing in the Girls 3A/4A category, placed 1st in Sideline/Timeout Cheerleading, 2nd in Sideline Fighting/Timeout, and 3rd in Sideline Dance/Timeout . The Falcons qualified for state in all three categories. Additionally, in the mixed 4A/5A standings, Hurricane qualified for state in two events by placing in the top five.

For a complete list of teams’ category placements in Central Division competition, see the results page on the UHSAA website.

As previously reported, many other Southern Utah schools have already competed in the Southern Region event which was held at Canyon View High School in Cedar City on January 7th.

The third and final UHSAA regional competitive cheerleading event, for the state’s North Division, will take place this coming Saturday, January 21 at Ben Lomond High.

That will be followed by the 1A/2A/3A/4A state championships scheduled for Jan. 25 at Utah Valley University in Orem.

“We are looking forward to the status,” Erickson said. “We just want to focus on doing our best and hopefully that will be enough.”

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders and coaches with first place banners won at Central Region Championships, Lehi, Utah, January 14, 2023 | Photo courtesy of Crimson Cliffs Athletics, St. George News

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders perform during halftime of a basketball game, Washington City, Utah, January 6, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders perform during halftime of a basketball game, Washington City, Utah, January 6, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders perform during halftime of a basketball game, Washington City, Utah, January 6, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders perform during halftime of a basketball game, Washington City, Utah, January 6, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders perform during halftime of a basketball game, Washington City, Utah, January 6, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

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Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders and coaches with first place banners won at Central Region Championships, Lehi, Utah, January 14, 2023 | Photo courtesy of Crimson Cliffs Athletics, St. George News

Crimson Cliffs High School cheerleaders perform during halftime of a basketball game, Washington City, Utah, January 6, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

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